October 1, 2012

Latinos in the 2012 Election: Washington

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

Hispanics in Washington’s Eligible Voter Population

Characteristics of Eligible Voters

Characteristics of Eligible Voters in Washington, 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 “whites,” “Asians” and “blacks” are to the non-Hispanic components of those populations.
  3. This statistical profile of eligible voters in California 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 on the 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.