The Hispanic vote is a sleeping political giant. It might never wake up.

Unless Hispanic voters don’t vote. And, the untold story of the 2012 election is that Hispanics took a step back when it came to their influence in presidential politics. That reality is illuminated by a Pew study released on Monday that breaks down the recently released Census numbers related to the 2012 election.

Three charts tell the story. …

What the trio of charts above suggests is that while the rapid growth of the Hispanic community is, without question, the demographic story of the last 10 years and the next 10 years, it’s less clear that Latinos are showing any signs of realizing the political influence that goes along with that population increase. Need one stat to prove that point? Hispanics comprised 17.2 percent of the nation’s population but were just 8.4 percent of all voters in 2012.