Democracy Remixed Memo Series
A series of memos and fact sheets released by the Black Youth Project of the University of Chicago, Black and Latino Youth: The Future of American Politics Memo Series focuses on the civic and political engagement of America’s youth, especially Black and Latino youth, and investigates their participation in electoral politics and how their unique life experiences shape their views toward politics.
Early three-quarters of Black Youth believe the legal system does not treat all groups equally, a rate considerably higher than that for white and Latino youth.
Researchers consider the possible effects of these new restrictions on voter turnout, focusing specifically on young people of color.
Youth of color support a comprehensive approach to immigration reform at higher rates than white youth, who are more supportive of punitive measures and increased enforcement of existing law.
Black and Latino Youth Disproportionately Affected by Voter Identification Laws in the 2012 Election
Voter identification laws are applied unevenly across racial groups and have significant discriminatory effects on Latino and Black youth.
Youth again increased their presence at the voting booth, and this increase was driven largely by high levels of turnout among young Blacks and Latinos.
Young people of color posses photo IDs at lower rates than whites. Therefore, they will be disproportionately demobilized by the recent spate of photo ID laws.
An analysis of voting data shows that mobilization works to turn out voters. But when it comes to youth, especially among young blacks, both political parties are failing to mobilize significant numbers and the historic youth turnout in 2008 may not be repeated in 2012.
There are two relevant weights included in each survey, “weight1” and “weight2.”
Weight1 is used to generalize to the entire population of 18-29 year-olds. Weight1 adjusts for the oversampling of African Americans and Latinos, and gives the correct estimates for the national population.
Weight2 is used for analyzing particular racial/ethnic groups. Weight2 should give more appropriate standard errors when looking at one particular group or comparing across groups.