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New Data Reveals Immigrants’ Voting Potential at the Local Level

Posted: Jun 22, 2012

Newly obtained data from the DHS Office of Immigration Statistics provide another indication that immigrants in the United States hold untapped electoral power. There are 8.1 million legal immigrants who arrived in this country between 1985 and 2005 and who are likely eligible to become naturalized U.S. citizens with the power to vote. If these immigrants were already U.S. citizens, and if they registered to vote at the same rate as other naturalized citizens (61%), counties across the nation would see their voter registration rolls jump dramatically.

Use this interactive map to see the growth in voter registration that could take place with the naturalization of legal immigrants.


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