Post submitted by Lucas Acosta (he/him), former Deputy Director of Communications, Politics
This Election Day, early exit polls show LGBTQ voters are fired up and turning out in record-high numbers. Over the last weeks, millions of LGBTQ people and Equality Voters in all 50 states and DC had the chance to cast their ballots. And LGBTQ people turned out in droves. LGBTQ voters turned out in numbers nearly double their proportion of the population. According to the National Election Pool exit poll by Edison Research, LGBTQ voters represented 7% of the 2020 electorate, while representing 4.5% of the adult population. LGBTQ voters represented 6% of the electorate in the 2018 midterm election and 5% in the 2016 presidential election. In response, Human Rights Campaign President Alphonso David issued the following statement:
“Over the last three elections, the share of LGBTQ voters has continued to increase, solidifying our community as a key rising constituency that politicians must court. Our issues matter, our votes matter and politicians around the country have taken notice. But this development did not occur in a single cycle. Over the last two decades, and especially over the last four years, our community has organized to protect our rights -- rights that have been under attack and on the ballot.
“In the most consequential election of our lifetimes, LGBTQ people showed our strength.”
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