Latino Vote 2016

How the Latino vote in Nevada could impact the elections

In a state famous for placing bets, Nevada makes it hard to guess if it’ll vote red or blue in an election. As with any battleground state, Nevada doesn’t vote for a specific party regularly. Whichever way the state swings, though, the result usually indicates how the whole election will go: the majority of Nevada’s voters have sided with the eventual winner of every presidential election since 1980.

As the state’s Latino population rises, Hispanic voters will play a larger role in continuing that trend. While Latinos accounted for just 5% of Nevada voters in 1980, their numbers jumped to 16.8% by 2012. Now, the Center for American Progress predicts that nearly one in five Nevada voters will be Hispanic this Election Day.

To ensure Latino voices are heard at the polls, everyone who’s eligible should register and cast their vote on November 8. First-time voters are bound to have questions about the process, so we put together an FAQ to help Nevadans know how to get ready.

REMEMBER: To vote in November, you must register by October 8 by mail, or by October 18 if it’s done online or in person.

What does Nevada’s Latino population look like?

Nevada’s Latino population is booming. The number of Latinos in the state has tripled in the last 35 years, nearly doubling between 2000 and 2014 alone. As the population has grown, so has the number of eligible voters:

With the population continuing to rise, it’s no surprise that Nevada will become a majority-minority state within the next five years, meaning most Nevadans will be an ethnic or racial minority. As the Latino population—and Latino electorate—expands, it becomes increasingly important for political parties to have candidates who address their concerns through sustained, meaningful outreach.

Which issues are most important to Latinos in Nevada?

Based on a recent Latino Decisions poll, the economy is the largest concern for Nevada’s Latinos, followed by immigration and education. When asked which issues Congress and the president should address, Latinos in Nevada felt the top priority should be:

  • The economy (37%)
  • Immigration (30%)
  • Education (12%)
  • Health care (10%)
  • Terrorism (9%)

It’s in each party’s interest to be aware of the Latino community’s priorities. While some may dismiss Latinos as single-issue voters, Hispanics are moved by issues common to all Americans.

People in our community want good schools, safe streets, and an equal chance to participate in the nation’s wealth. They will back those candidates who are committed to pursuing policies which give themselves and their families an equal chance to succeed.