A report on immigrant and second-generation voters released today by the Immigration Policy Center concludes that one in 10 registered voters in 2008 was a "new American." According to the report, 9.3 million registered voters were naturalized U.S. citizens, accounting for 6.4 percent of registered voters, and 5.7 million were U.S.-born children of immigrants, raised during the current era of large-scale immigration from Latin America and Asia that began in 1965.
Latinos and Asians accounted for 10.7 percent of registered voters in 2008, according to the report, and their electoral influence is growing. From the executive summary:
The ranks of registered voters who are New Americans, or Latino or Asian, have been growing rapidly this decade and are likely to play an increasingly pivotal role in elections at all levels in the years to come, particularly in battleground states like Florida, Colorado, Nevada, and New Mexico.
The report is based on voting and registration data from the U.S. Census Bureau's Current Population Survey. The entire report can be downloaded here.