Upheaval Looms as White Majorities Fade

Voting districts morph as minority power grows
By Mary Papenfuss,  Newser User
Posted Dec 18, 2009 5:21 AM CST
Harlem residents celebrate the election of Barack Obama last year. Voting figures indicate minorities are rapidly becoming the powerhouse voters in voting districts across the nation.   (Getty Images)
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(Newser) – A sea change in American politics looms as white majorities are fading in a burgeoning number of voting districts across America. Nearly half of House members represent districts with at least 30% minority populations, double the rate in the 90s, and a fraction of what's bound to occur in the future. America's minority population is both increasing and dispersing beyond traditional metropolitan areas into rural areas.

"We're entering a new era which is being defined to a great degree by the incredible explosion of the nonwhite electorate," said the head of a Democratic group that studies voting trends. The trend has tremendous implications for both parties as Democrats have traditionally been the choice of minorities. About 40% of the 258 House Dems represent districts more than 40% minority, while 43% of the 177 House Republicans represent regions that are a least four-fifths white.
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