Presidential Members Report: Implications for Minority Voters in 2001 January, 2001 << Back to Introduction

State-by-State Analysis: Virginia

The 1990 undercount and its demographic composition

As indicated in Table 1, the percentage undercount of 2.0 percent in Virginia was higher than the national average of 1.6 percent and resulted in a net numerical undercount of 126,478 persons, sixth highest in the nation. For non-Hispanic whites, Table 1 indicates, the undercount percentage was 1.4 percent as compared to 4.0 percent for members of minority groups. As indicated in Table 2 and the summary Chart below, these differentials between whites and minorities resulted in an undercounted population with a much greater minority group percentage than the state's total population. In Virginia, non-Hispanic whites comprised 76 percent of the state's uncorrected population, whereas members of all minority groups combined comprised 24 percent. In contrast, non-Hispanic whites comprised 52 percent of the state's undercounted population, whereas members of all minority groups comprised 48 percent. In numerical terms, the undercount consisted of 66,312 non-Hispanic whites and 60,166 members of minority groups. In Virginia, the minority population consists primarily of non-Hispanic blacks. In Virginia, 78 percent of minority group members are non-Hispanic blacks, 11 percent are Hispanic, and 11 percent are members of other minority groups.

Implications of 1990 Census adjustment for minority voter opportunities

Given the dispersion of the undercount in Virginia and the configuration of legislative districts, there do not appear to be any districts in this state with the potential for a significantly enhanced minority population through the use of corrected rather than uncorrected data for the post-1990 redistricting.




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