1. The immigrant voter population is one-tenth of the US electorate
Three Things You Should Know … Immigrants & Our Elections
Immigrants’ voices matter in shaping the United States’ political future. In the last presidential election, more than 23 million immigrants were eligible voters.
The US forgeign-born voter population has grown a whopping 93% since 2000. In 2000, the immigrant voter population was 12 million; today, it is estimated to be 23.2 million. The Democratic and Republican parties are paying attention to the growing immigrant vote.
The two largest groups in the immigrant electorate are Latinos and Asian-Americans. While Latino immigrants are the largest group, the Asian-American immigrant electorate is growing at the fastest rate. In the past two decades, the Asian American and Latino American electorates grew by 139% and 121%, respectively. Two-thirds (67%) of Asian eligible voters are immigrants, while only a quarter of Hispanic eligible voters are immigrants.
*We define ‘immigrant’ as foreign-born, naturalized citizens.
2. The 'Immigrant Vote' is not one block