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Fri Dec 28, 2012, 06:18 PM

 

Best news I heard all week- 2012 May Mark First Time Black Voter Turnout Rate Surpassed Whites

http://www.nationalmemo.com/2012-may-mark-first-time-black-voter-turnout-rate-surpassed-whites/

2012 May Mark First Time Black Voter Turnout Rate Surpassed Whites
According to a study from the Pew Research Center, African-Americans may have voted at a higher rate than whites for the first time in history in the 2012 election.

While the actual numbers can’t be known with certainty until the U.S. Census Bureau publishes the results of its post-election survey on voter turnout next spring, the Pew study finds strong circumstantial evidence that black voters’ turnout rate was indeed higher than white voters’ in November. As the study notes,

ccording to census data and the election day exit polls, blacks made up 12 percent of the eligible electorate this year but accounted for an estimated 13 percent of all votes cast—a repeat of the 2008 presidential election, when blacks “over-performed” at the polls by the same ratio.

Black voters have now seen their turnout rate rise in each of the past three presidential elections. By contrast, the study found that white voters’ “share of the eligible electorate has been falling for decades,” and “their turnout rate appears to have declined in 2012 for the second presidential election in row.”


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Response to graham4anything (Original post)

Fri Dec 28, 2012, 06:19 PM

1. high turnout rate is particularly notable in light of voter ID laws attempting to disenfranchise

 

from article-

"The high turnout rate is particularly notable in light of the voter ID laws that many critics believe were invented with the express purpose of disenfranchising minority voters. Some observers, such as The Nation’s Ari Berman, have argued convincingly that these efforts may have backfired and actually made black voters more motivated to cast a ballot; these numbers are consistent with Berman’s conclusion."

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Fri Dec 28, 2012, 06:22 PM

2. Now we have to do all we can to keep this going, same with Hispanic voters & women

 

and never allow the repubtealibertarians to get an upper hand

We have to make sure that we don't revert back to the same old same old

remember-when this core base stayed home in 2010, what happened.
It was for no other reason than this.

So we have to make sure the candidates running in 2014 appeal to our core base

and notice that when you hear whiners, 9 out of 9.1 times it is not Obama's core base doing the whining.

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Fri Dec 28, 2012, 06:26 PM

3. Get this to the greatest page

I hope this trend continues until the GOP is officially declared dead.

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Fri Dec 28, 2012, 06:26 PM

4. That's a small piece of good news against a backdrop of larger bad news

 

i.e. the fact that overall voter turnout was lower in 2012 than it was in 2008 or 2004.

Black voters were a little more energized than other voters, which is nice, but the overall picture is pretty negative.

A report estimating the percentage of eligible voters who cast ballots in Tuesday's election shows the rate was lower than in the past two presidential contests, though it surpassed the rate from 2000.

Thursday's report, from the Center for the Study of the American Electorate, put 2012 voter turnout at 57.5% of all eligible voters, compared to 62.3% who voted in 2008 and 60.4% who cast ballots in 2004. In 2000, the turnout rate was 54.2%.

The group estimated 126 million people voted in the election, where President Barack Obama defeated GOP nominee Mitt Romney. That means 93 million eligible citizens did not cast ballots.

In all states except two (Iowa and Louisiana) the turnout rate was down from four years ago, though six states had higher total numbers of people voting than in 2008: Delaware, Iowa, Louisiana, North Carolina, North Dakota and Wisconsin....

Read more: http://www.abc15.com/dpp/news/national/election-results-2012-voter-turnout-lower-than-2008-and-2004-report-says#ixzz2GONJGytX

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