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The Growth and Uneven Impact of Latino Voter Turnout in California from 2002-2012

Mindy Romero, UC Davis
May 23, 2013 from 12:00 PM to 01:30 PM (America/Los_Angeles / UTC-700)
1130 K Street, Room LL3
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This event will release a new policy brief from the California Civic Engagement Project, Changing Political Tides: Demographics and the Impact of the 2012 California Latino Vote.

Latino voter turnout, historically low, has been on the rise in the US over the past decade. However, while the Latino share of the US electorate has increased, Latinos remain significantly under-represented in our political landscape. This presentation examines the growth of Latino turnout for the state of California from 2002-2012, examining geographic disparities in representation across the state and overtime. How has the Latino vote changed in California in the last decade? What impact have these changes had on the state’s general electorate? Geographic opportunities for future growth will be examined with a focus on how might the state’s future demographic changes affect the Latino share of California’s electorate and, thus the state’s general electorate, as a whole. Additionally, institutional factors affecting Latino voter participation will be examined, including those that might help to reduce the barriers to participation for Latinos.

Mindy Romero is the founding project director of the California Civic Engagement Project, a statewide resource for civic engagement research, housed at the Center for Regional Change. She also co-led the civic engagement analysis of the Healthy Youth/Healthy Regions, an innovative two-year initiative also conducted by the Center for Regional Change, examining youth well-being in the Sacramento Capital region. Romero’s individual research specializes in the intersection of political behavior and race/ethnicity, with an emphasis on conducting research that has on-the-ground relevancy for communities and the lives of residents. For more information about the California Civic Engagement Project, visit, call 530-665-3010 or

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