Cassia Burns Nationwide Memo The population of the United States is currently 329,502,117. Ten years ago, the population 308.7 million. Twenty years ago, it was 281,982,778, and forty years ago it was 226,542,199. Most of the population is located on the coasts. source Within the Electoral College, key swing states include Florida, Michigan, Wisconsin, and Pennsylvania. Texas, Georgia, Arizona, North Carolina, and New Hampshire also have the ability to be swing states as well. source The political demographics of the United States currently favor Democrats, with roughly 29 percent of voters registered as Democrats currently. About 27 percent are registered as Republicans, while about 40 percent are independent. source Racially, the United States is about 60 percent white, with Hispanics/Latios make up almost 18 percent, African Americans about 12 percent, Asians about 5 percent, and other/multiple about 3 percent. Within the next fifty years, it is predicted that although whites will remain the single largest ethnic group in the nation, they will no longer be the majority. source The Voter Registration Policy of the United States varies from state to state. Currently, 37 states as well as Washington DC have online voter registration, and 20 states have same day registration. Thirty-five states and Washington DC permit early voting. In 28 states, anyone can cast an Absentee vote, and in 19, one can cast an Absentee vote with a valid reason. source Top issues in the United States currently include gun control, reproductive rights, LGBT issues, sexual abuse and harassment, the environment, and heathcare among others.