Good News for Minority Voters

A National Journal analysis of new Census Bureau data found that about 1/2 of the house of representatives members represent districts in which minorities make up about 1/3 of the electorate.  Even if we assumed that the other half of the house had zero minorities (which is silly), we’d still get that 1/6 of the total public voting power over the house of representatives is covered by minorities.  That is not a small block.

But, the real focus is that, for any of the 205 members of the house who’s districts have such high numbers of minorities, there is a 1/3 pull toward the issues that matter most to them.

Now, that begs a question.  Do minorities share enough views for that block to be a persuasive force?  Or, are they so diverse that their voting power is diffused? 

And Cameron Joseph notes
the growing prominence of Hispanic voters in districts represented by
black lawmakers: “Of the 39 black Democrats in the House, eight
represent districts where Hispanics now outnumber African-Americans,
including six where Latinos make up more than 40 percent of the
district’s population…”


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