The growing influence of Hispanic and Latino voters
February 20, 2024
The growing influence of Hispanic and Latino voters.
And how to connect authentically with this key voter bloc in 2024 and beyond.
The body politic of the U.S. is constantly shifting.
Case in point: Hispanic and Latino voters now make up a large portion of today’s electorate and are poised to play a major role in the upcoming general election.
According to the U.S Census Bureau, the Hispanic and Latino population in the U.S. is over 63 million as of July 2022.1
In fact: They are one of the fastest-growing ethnic voter groups in the U.S.
- Hispanic voters have increased by 4.7 million since 2018 and are projected to exceed 34.5 million.1
- Latino voters account for 14.3% of all eligible voters.1
Those are powerful numbers. And why campaigns need to take heed—and adapt their messaging to resonate authentically.
With change comes opportunity.
Hispanic and Latino party-affiliation has varied over recent election cycles, creating more of a swing voter mentality.
37% of Hispanic and Latino voters who voted democrat in 2018, did not vote in the 2022 midterm elections.2
What does this all mean? Voting patterns are changing—opening the gate for political campaigns on both sides of the aisle to gain traction.
So how can your campaign connect authentically with Hispanic/Latino voters?
Know who they are.
Understand their unique differences, culture, and backgrounds while also acknowledging the inequities they’ve faced and often still do.
For example: Be sensitive to the fact that Hispanic usually refers to people from a Spanish background, while Latino typically refers to people from a Latin American background.
Speak to their needs directly.
Share your candidate’s stance on issues most relevant to Hispanic and Latino voters, and address how they plan to solve or improve the situation.
For example: Economic equality tends to be a priority, such as access to affordable healthcare, as well as employment and higher education opportunities.
The power of direct mail to win over Hispanic and Latino voters.
Political mail is trusted. More than half of all Hispanic/Latino voters trust political mail more than TV and online ads.3
Personalization makes a difference. 51% of Hispanic voters are more likely to read a mail piece if they receive it in Spanish.3