Survey: Slight increase in Hispanic voter turn out

Survey: Slight increase in Hispanic voter turn out

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President Trump's negative remarks about illegal Hispanic immigrants during the campaign, led many to assume there would be an increase in turnout of eligible Texas Hispanic voters.

Although census data indicates the increase was rather minimal. Turnout the Hispanic voted was emphasized during the 2016 campaign.

"We registered, Tejano Democrats of Lubbock registered over 1,000 voters," Latino Democrats Christina Carrizales said.

"There was some look early on, early voting not election day that it looked like perhaps Latino turnout would rise quite a bit and it never materialized when it counted all the numbers on election day," Texas Tech Political Science professor Seth McKee said.

"In a poll that was conducted by a professor at Tech that we know we every precinct where we registered voters had a significant increase in the turn out. We focused mainly in North and East Lubbock," Carrizales said.

The Census Bureau reports, only two percent more Hispanics voted last election. That continues a creeping trend, since 2008 mostly following population growth.

"I don't know how true those numbers are because if you look at the polls they don't have a way to distinguish on Texas polls as far as race goes," Carrizales said.

Mckee said there is always problems when you look at census numbers.

"Because it is a survey and so they are asking you whether you voted, people always lie whether you are white, black, Hispanic, Asian, it doesn't matter, so we don't really have the true numbers in Texas, these are clearly estimates," he said.

Mckee said he isn't surprised at all by the numbers.

"When you think about identity politics, black turnout was down substantially no surprise Barack Obama was gone, uh you look at the choices in terms of Donald Trump and Hilary Clinton they are not terribly energizing for any of the electorate really," he said. "Anglo turn out has historically always been a lot higher than minority groups in Texas and it didn't change in 2016."

The midterm turnout was even worse. Historically, Texas's already low voter participation plummets in non-presidential elections.

"The thing we need to do is continue to educate people, continue to register voters, keep them informed," Carrizales said.

Evans said he personally hopes for a two-to-four percent increase in Hispanic voter turnout in Lubbock County.

"Beyond that the Texas party, the State Republican party is got a big push for Hispanic turn out as well," he said.

As for the turnout of other minority voters, the Census Bureau reports there was about a six percent decrease in Black votes, but a five percent bump in the number of Asian Texans who voted this past election than five year ago.

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