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Rock the (Naturalized) Vote


Recently naturalized immigrants may be critical in a tight electoral season. Evidence presented in CSII’s new report, Rock the (Naturalized) Vote, suggests that the recently naturalized may be the most sensitive to immigration concerns -- and, at the same time, it is a group where registration rates may have the most room for improvement.

Here, we present two maps—one at the state level, and one at the sub-state level (specifically, the Public Use Microdata Area level) showing the proportion of the voting age citizen population who are newly naturalized (since 2000) immigrants. The maps suggest how important the newly naturalized may be to the vote. Moreover, since the most important gap in electoral participation by naturalized citizens seems to come at the point of registration rather than voting—and since naturalized citizens vote at rates very close to that of the U.S.-born—these maps could help target voter registration efforts in more effective and efficient ways both this year and in the future.

In the state-level map below, click on a state to see the newly naturalized as a proportion of the voting age citizen population, as well the naturalized as a share of voting age citizens, which time periods immigrants naturalized in, and the top ten nations from where the newly naturalized come.

Proportion of the voting age citizen population who are newly naturalized
(since 2000)
State Level

State Legend

 

In the sub-state-level map below, click on an area to see the newly naturalized as a proportion of the voting age citizen population, as well as the racial/ethnic breakdown of the newly naturalized and all naturalized immigrants.

Proportion of the voting age citizen population who are newly naturalized (since 2000)
Public Use Microdata Area (PUMA) Level

PUMA Legend

Data Sources:

Integrated Public Use Microdata Series (IPUMS) 2008-2010 American Community Survey (ACS)
2008-2010 American Community Survey (ACS) Three-Year Estimates
2011 American Community Survey (ACS) One-Year Estimates
2006-2010 American Community Survey (ACS) Five-Year Estimates Citizen Voting Age Population (CVAP) Special Tabulation

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