Blacks were the only race or ethnic group to show an increase in voter turnout, most notably in the Midwest and Southeastern U.S. The census analysis is viewed as the best source of government data on turnout by race and ethnicity.
In all, about 66.2 percent of eligible black voters cast ballots in 2012, up from 64.7 percent in 2008. That compares with non-Hispanic white turnout of 64.1 percent, which fell from 66.1 percent.
Latino turnout dipped slightly, from 49.9 percent in 2008 to 48 percent, while Asian-American turnout was basically unchanged at 47 percent.
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