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49.9 percent

December 5, 2012

Nearly half -- 49.9 percent -- of New Jersey’s 1,844,581 immigrants are naturalized citizens, meaning they are eligible to vote, according to the Immigration Policy Center, a research arm of the American Immigration Council, a nonpartisan advocacy group.

Indeed, 18.8 percent of registered voters are naturalized citizens or the U.S.-born children of immigrants.

The state’s population of immigrants has risen from 12.5 percent in 1990 to 21 percent in 2010. Latinos made up 9.3 percent of the electorate in 2008 and Asians were 5.9 percent. In 2009, 84.8 percent of children in Asian families in the state were U.S. citizens as were 91.5 percent of children in Latino families.

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