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January 19, 2016

Latinos in the 2016 Election: New Mexico

    This profile provides key demographic information on Latino eligible voters1 and other major groups of eligible voters in New Mexico.2 All demographic data are based on Pew Research Center tabulations of the U.S. Census Bureau’s 2014 American Community Survey.3

    Hispanics in New Mexico’s Eligible Voter Population

    Population and Electorate in the United States and New Mexico, 2014
    • The Hispanic population in New Mexico is the ninth largest in the nation. About 994,000 Hispanics reside in New Mexico, 1.8% of all Hispanics in the United States.
    • New Mexico’s population is 48% Hispanic, the largest Hispanic statewide population share nationally. The state with the second largest Hispanic population share is California, which is 39% Hispanic.
    • There are 591,000 Hispanic eligible voters in New Mexico—the eighth largest Hispanic statewide eligible voter population nationally. California ranks first with 6.9 million.
    • Some 40% of New Mexico eligible voters are Hispanic, the largest Hispanic statewide eligible voter share nationally. Texas ranks second with 28%.
    • Some 60% of Hispanics in New Mexico are eligible to vote, ranking New Mexico fourth nationwide in the share of the Hispanic population that is eligible to vote. By contrast, 84% of the state’s white population is eligible to vote.
    Characteristics of Eligible Voters in New Mexico and the United States, 2014 Characteristics of Eligible Voters in New Mexico, by Race and Ethnicity, 2014
    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 2014 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 2014 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.