|By PR Newswire||
|October 2, 2013 07:33 AM EDT||
WASHINGTON, Oct. 2, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Following is the daily "Profile America" feature from the U.S. Census Bureau:
WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 2: HISPANIC VOTING
Profile America — Wednesday, October 2nd. National Hispanic Heritage Month continues, and much media prominence given to this 53 million-strong community centers on the growing heft of the Hispanic vote in elections. Already 17 percent of America's population, it is projected to number nearly 129 million by the year 2060. In the 2012 election, over 11 million Hispanics, or 48 percent of those eligible, cast ballots. This is a decline from 2008, when just under 50 percent of eligible Hispanics voted. But the 2012 figure did surpass the percentages in the 2000 and 2004 elections, which reached 45 and 47, respectively. Nearly 62 percent of the eligible general public cast their ballots in last year's elections, a decline of some 2 percent from 2008. Profile America is in its 17th year as a public service of the U.S. Census Bureau.
Profile America is produced by the Center for New Media and Promotions of the U.S. Census Bureau. These daily features are available as produced segments, ready to air, on the Internet at http://www.census.gov (look for "Multimedia Gallery" by the "Newsroom" button).
SOURCE U.S. Census Bureau