The 2022 midterm elections will be held on Nov. 8, and its results will have lasting consequences on American politics and policy.

This makes it critical to protect and amplify Latino voices along with the type of information that they get to make credible opinions about potential candidates and their platforms, reported Brookings.

According to a 2021 report, in the 2020 U.S. Presidential election, Latino voters registered and voted in higher numbers than in prior years.

The Pew Research Center's recent findings count 34.5 million eligible Hispanic Americans voters. It is a significant increase since the last midterm elections in the U.S. The figures make Latinos the fastest-growing racial and ethnic group in the U.S. electorate since the last midterm elections.

Since 2018, the number of Hispanic eligible voters has shot up by 4.7 million. It represents 62% of the total growth in U.S. eligible voters during this time. Then-President Donald Trump made gains among Hispanics two years ago. But according to the August 2022 Pew Research Center survey, Latino registered voters are still more likely to say that they will support the Democratic candidate rather than Republican candidate in their U.S. House district race.

Turnout rates among Hispanic Americans in midterm elections have typically trailed those of some other groups.

The number of Hispanic eligible voters was 29.8 million in 2018 and has gone up to 34.5 million today, and this projection is up from 14.3 million in 2000, which is a 142% increase.

It was also found that California is home to many Hispanic eligible voters. In 2020, about 8.3 million out of the U.S.' 32.3 million Hispanic eligible voters, or 26%, resided in California. With 6.2 million, Texas has the second-largest number of Hispanic eligible voters, followed by 3.4 million in Florida. Then came 2.1 million in New York and 1.3 million in Arizona, and together, these five states hold about 66% of all Hispanic eligible voters.

As many as 44% of all eligible voters are Latino in New Mexico. It is the highest share of any state. A narrow majority of Latinos in America are eligible to vote, and a little over half of all Latinos (53%) were eligible to vote in 2020. It is an increase from 50% in 2018.

Voto Latino hits a quarter of a million registered voters for the 2020 election cycle. Photo by Morning Brew on Unsplash

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