As Black History Month comes to a close, we wanted to share some voting statistics from the U.S. Census Bureau.

11.1 million black voters cast a ballot in the 2010 congressional election, making up 12% of the electorate–a slight increase from 11 percent of the total electorate in 2006.< archives="" cb11-164 newsroom="" releases="" voting="" www>
 
< archives="" cb11-164 newsroom="" releases="" voting="" www>55% of eligible black youth ages 18 to 24< archives="" cb11-164 newsroom="" releases="" voting="" www> turned out in the 2008 presidential election, an 8 percentage point increase from 2004, and the highest turnout rate among all 18- to 24-year-olds.< archives="" cb11-164 newsroom="" releases="" voting="" www>< archives="" cb09-110 newsroom="" releases="" voting="" www>

65% of black citizens turned out in the 2008 presidential election, up about 5 percentage points from 2004.

< archives="" cb11-164 newsroom="" releases="" voting="" www>< archives="" cb09-110 newsroom="" releases="" voting="" www>Black participation rates are on the rise, but we can do even better in 2012. Make sure your organization has a plan for talking to your clients and constituents about voting in this year’s elections. Get started today!

Statistics come from the U.S. Census Bureau, Voting and Registration in the Election of 2008 and Voting and Registration in the Election of 2010.

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