October 1, 2012

Latinos in the 2012 Election: Georgia

Updated November 5, 2012

This profile provides key demographic information on Latino eligible voters1 and other major groups of eligible voters in Georgia.2 All demographic data are based on Pew Hispanic Center tabulations of the U.S. Census Bureau’s 2010 American Community Survey.3

Georgia Voter Registration Statistics

According to the Georgia Secretary of State Elections Division, voter registration statistics as of October 2012 show that 111,000 Latinos are registered to vote statewide. Overall, Latinos make up only 1.8% of the state’s 6.1 million registered voters. The majority of voters in Georgia are white—there are 3.6 million white registered voters, representing 58.9% of all registered voters in Georgia. Additionally, about three-in-ten registered voters in Georgia are black (29.9%), with about 1.8 million voters statewide. Asians represent a slightly smaller share of registered voters than Hispanics, with 87,000 registered statewide (1.4% of all registered voters in Georgia).

The number of Latinos registered to vote has tripled since 2004: It rose from 34,000 during the 2004 presidential election to 82,000 during the 2008 presidential election and now stands at 111,000. The share of registered voters in Georgia has also risen since 2004, from just 0.7% in 2004 to 1.8% today. In 2004, whites made up more than two-thirds of all registered voters in Georgia (68%). That share has been dropping, and whites now make up fewer than six-in-ten of all registered voters in Georgia (59%).

Hispanics in Georgia’s Eligible Voter Population

Characteristics of Eligible Voters

Characteristics of Eligible Voters in Georgia, by Race and Ethnicity

  1. Eligible voters are defined as U.S. citizens ages 18 and older. Eligible voters are not the same as registered voters. To cast a vote, in all states except North Dakota, an eligible voter must first register to vote.
  2. The terms “Hispanic” and “Latino” are used interchangeably. References to other races and ethnicities are to the non-Hispanic components of those populations.
  3. This statistical profile of eligible voters is based on the Census Bureau’s 2010 American Community Survey (ACS). The ACS is the largest household survey in the United States, with a sample of about 3 million addresses. The data used for this statistical profile come from the 2010 ACS Integrated Public Use Microdata Series (IPUMS), representing a 1% sample of the U.S. population. Like any survey, estimates from the ACS are subject to sampling error and (potentially) measurement error. More information is available on ACS sampling strategy and associated error.
  4. Rankings for “Percent of Hispanic population eligible to vote” are based on the District of Columbia and the 46 states whose Hispanic samples in the 2010 ACS are large enough to generate reliable estimates. All other rankings are based on the District of Columbia and the 50 states.