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The Changing Racial and Ethnic Composition of the U.S. Electorate In battleground states, Hispanics grew more than other racial or ethnic groups as a share of eligible voters BY RUTH IGIELNIK AND ABBY BUDIMANThe upcoming 2020 presidential election has drawn renewed attention to how demographic shifts across the United States have changed the composition of the electorate.

The terms eligible voters, voting eligible, the electorate and voters are used interchangeably in this report.

Registered voters are eligible voters who have completed all the documentations necessary to vote in an upcoming election.

In 39 states between 2000 and 2018, Hispanic eligible voters saw the largest percentage point increase compared with any other racial or ethnic group.

Arizona, largely seen as an emerging battleground state, has seen substantial change to the racial and ethnic composition of its electorate.

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