Latino Voter Turnout Smaller Than Expected in 2012

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Voters line up to register at a caucus precinct in 2008 in a the largely Hispanic neighborhood in East Las Vegas, Nevada
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In the 2012 election, one of the most competitive voting blocks didn't show up to the polls in the numbers that analysts expected: Latinos.

According to new analysis of voting numbers from the Pew Hispanic Center, just 48% of eligible Hispanic voters turned out to vote in 2012, a slight drop from the percentage that came out in 2008.

What does this mean for Latinos, for the country, and for the 2016 election?

Mark Lopez is associate director of the Pew Hispanic Center and co-author of the report "Inside the 2012 Latino Electorate."