Non-Hispanic whites in Maryland make up a greater percentage of those eligible to vote than their share of the overall population, while all other races and Hispanic groups have smaller shares of the voter-eligible population. That finding comes from recently released data from the U.S. Census Bureau which estimates citizen voting age populations by non-Hispanic race and Hispanic origin.
Hispanics are an ethnic designation, not a racial designation, and can be any race. They are not included in the race categories in order to avoid double counting.
Estimates for 2008-2012 show that non-Hispanic whites made up just under 55 percent of the total population while comprising nearly 62 percent of those eligible to vote. Eligible to vote means citizens over age 18, not necessarily registered voters.
Hispanics have the largest under representation relative to their overall population share, making up under 4 percent of the potential electorate compared to just over 8 percent of the total population.
Yet, we are certain to see a shift in voting patterns, since minorities in Maryland make up more than 50 percent of those less than 18 years of age. Over the next decade and beyond, more and more of the state’s electorate will be made up of minorities, reducing the non-Hispanic white voting strength.
For a more detailed look at the overall and voter eligible Hispanic population see Maryland’s Hispanic Population and Those Eligible to Vote. County-level total and voter eligible populations can be found in Table 1.