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Two Miami residents stand with their car, decorated in Cubans for Biden paint, during a drive-in voter mobilization event in Miramar, Florida last year. Photo: Chip Somodevilla via Getty Images

One in ten voters in the 2020 election were Latino according to a new study from the City University of New York.

Why it matters: 2020 saw record turnout among Latinos, a growing electorate. For the first time, the U.S. has more Latinos registered than Black Americans, and that trend is going to continue, experts tell NBC News.

By the numbers: Around 18.7 million Latinos voted in the 2020 election, up from 15.3 million in 2016. Before 2020, the share of eligible Latino voters who actually voted never topped 50%.

  • Latinos ages 18 to 44 played a big role in reaching "extraordinary" participation, researchers say.
  • About 80-83% of registered Latinos voted in previous elections, per NBC News. In 2020, 88% showed up.
  • Latino voting surged in Arizona, Texas, Pennsylvania, Michigan and Georgia.

Worth noting: For the first time, U.S.-born Latinos voted at about the same rate as naturalized Latinos.

What they're saying: "The surge in both registration and voting rates described here suggest that Latinos are poised to exert political influence in the U.S. commensurate with their share of the population," CUNY researchers wrote.

  • "The mid-term elections and the presidential election of 2024 may confirm that the often-called 'sleeping giant' of U.S. electoral politics is ready to emerge in full force."

The big picture: Political players in both parties have increasingly looked to appeal to Latino voters. The community makes up about 18% of the total U.S. population, according to Pew Research Center.

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Arizona governor signs bill to remove some voters from early voting list

Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey at a Trump rally in 2018. Photo: Ralph Freso/Getty Images)

Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey (R) on Tuesday signed a controversial bill passed by the state's Republican-controlled legislature that will remove some people from the state's permanent early voting list.

The big picture: Democrats called the measure discriminatory and said it will disproportionately affect Latino voters and other communities of color. The new law will likely to remove an estimated 100,000 to 200,000 voters from the early voting list, per the New York Times.

By the numbers: The rise and fall of voter turnout

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Data: Analysis by Brooking Institution's William H. Frey of U.S. Census Bureau Current Population Survey Voting and Registration Supplement; Chart: Danielle Alberti/Axios

Forty-four states plus Washington, D.C., saw an increase in voter turnout in 2020 compared to 2016, according to a new census data analysis by the Brookings Institution that was reviewed by Axios.

By the numbers: Turnout for non-college-educated, white voters — a key voting bloc for Donald Trump — dropped in just six states. Meanwhile, turnout for white college grads fell in 15 states, and non-white voter turnout fell in 13.

Swing-voter focus group: Ousting Cheney is a mistake

Rep. Liz Cheney during a March news conference in Washington, D.C. Photo: Drew Angerer/Getty Images

As House Republicans meet to oust Rep. Liz Cheney from her leadership post for criticizing Donald Trump, swing voters in Axios' latest Engagious/Schlesinger focus groups hold a near-unanimous view that Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy and his caucus are making a mistake.

The big picture: Nine of 14 voters said they could vote for a Republican for U.S. House or Senate races next year. All but one ruled out backing any candidate who clings to the former president's lie that the 2020 election was stolen from him.