States of Change: Demographic Change, Representation Gaps, and Challenges to Democracy, 1980-2060

States of Change: Demographic Change, Representation Gaps, and Challenges to Democracy, 1980-2060

The overrepresentation of white Americans and the underrepresentation of minorities may have reached peak levels, a report from the Center for American Progress, the Brookings Institution, and the Bipartisan Policy Center finds. The report, States of Change: Demographic Change, Representation Gaps, and Challenges to Democracy, 1980-2060, argues that the systematic disenfranchisement of women and communities of color has contributed to "representation gaps" — the difference between a given group's population share and voting share — which is influenced by demographic factors and citizenship, voter registration, and turnout rates. At the same time, the report finds that white overrepresentation and underrepresentation of Latinos and Asian Americans are both likely to decline in the future as a result of increases in citizenship among the latter; and that while Arizona, California, and Texas have the highest white overrepresentation gaps at the moment, Kansas, Utah, and Wyoming are expected to top the list by 2060.