Blacks voted at higher rate than whites in 2012 presidential election, U.S. Census report says

Black participation higher for the first time since Census Bureau has been tracking voting by race; in Oklahoma, white participation is slightly higher.
by Chris Casteel Published: May 9, 2013
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According to the report, which concludes that the U.S. electorate has become more diverse, 66.2 percent of blacks voted in the 2012 election, compared to 64.1 percent of whites. Hispanics and Asians voted at rates of about 48 percent last year.

The study also shows that blacks and Hispanics have gained a considerable share of the eligible electorate since 1996, while the White share of the eligible electorate has dropped from 79 percent to 71 percent since 1996.

Oklahoma's numbers

In Oklahoma, the report says, 55.9 percent of whites voted in the 2012 election, while 54.6 percent of blacks voted. However, the survey questions for both races had a margin of error of 3 percent, suggesting the difference was statistically insignificant.

About 55 percent of eligible women voted in Oklahoma last year, while about 50 percent of the men cast ballots, according to the study.


by Chris Casteel
Washington Bureau
Chris Casteel began working for The Oklahoman's Norman bureau in 1982 while a student at the University of Oklahoma. After covering the police beat, federal courts and the state Legislature in Oklahoma City, he moved to Washington in 1990, where...
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