About 131 million people reported voting in the 2008 U.S. presidential election, an increase of 5 million over 2004. Of that increase, almost all were ethnic minorities, according to a new table package released by the U.S. Census Bureau.
The increase included about 2 million more black voters, 2 million more Hispanic voters and about 600,000 more Asian voters.
These figures are in line with electorate trends over the past quarter century, during which white share of the electorate has fallen 15 points, while the rate of voting among minorities has doubled since 1992. (NYT) According to the Census Bureau, voter turnout among blacks, Asians and Hispanics each increased by about 4 percentage points over the 2004 election. Conversely, the voting rate for non-Hispanic whites decreased by 1 percentage point over 2004. (See chart).