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New report: NC’s Latinx communities poised to have big impact in 2020 election

This graphic from the report shows some of the growth in turnout by Latinx voters.

The good people at Democracy North Carolina are out with a new “must read” report this morning on the state’s Latinx voters. This is from the release that accompanied “Emerging electorate: Latinx voters in North Carolina”:

DURHAM, N.C. (September 19, 2019) — Latinx voter turnout in North Carolina surged in 2018, and the number of Latinx North Carolinians who are eligible to vote is growing quickly as young Latinxs come of age. These are top takeaways from a new  report by Democracy North Carolina, El Pueblo, and North Carolina Congress of Latino Organizations; the piece looks at Latinx communities in both rural and urban parts of the state, presents Latinx-specific concerns and needs related to elections, and highlights the work of local organizations who are mobilizing Latinx voters.

Read the full report now at demnc.co/latinx

The report examines the latest trends in voter turnout, voter registration, and population growth for Latinx North Carolinians. Democracy North Carolina Senior Researcher Sunny Frothingham, who authored the report, noted data that suggests an even greater proportion of Latinx North Carolinians will be eligible to vote in future elections. “While about two thirds of North Carolina Latinxs are citizens, almost all Latinxs under 18 are citizens — 94 percent. As a result, we can expect Latinx communities to play an even greater role in elections to come, as younger Latinxs reach voting age.”

“This report demonstrates the tremendous potential that our communities have to influence the future of North Carolina,” stated Angeline Echeverría, Executive Director of El Pueblo. “In addition to the focus on trends in voting, the report sheds light on the 2020 Census and the concerted effort that must be made to count Latinx families–and particularly children under the age of 5.”

North Carolina voters will see additional barriers to voting take effect in 2020, including a photo ID requirement and the elimination of the last Saturday of Early Voting, some of which will disproportionately impact Latinx voters.

Looking ahead to 2020, Tomas Lopez, Executive Director of Democracy North Carolina, stated that “Many people in Latinx communities feel concerned and increasingly unsafe in the current political climate— whether because of or in spite of that climate, their voices mattered more than ever in North Carolina in 2018, and that’s poised to continue.”

Key findings include:

  • The number of Latinx voters in North Carolina has quadrupled since 2008. As of Summer 2019, there are almost 200,000 self-identified Latinxs registered to vote in North Carolina, accounting for 2.9 percent of North Carolina’s 6.6 million registered voters.
  • Latinx voter turnout surged in 2018. Two and a half times the number of self-identified Latinx voters cast ballots in North Carolina in 2018 than in 2014. In 2018, 35 percent of Latinx registered voters cast ballots in 2018 compared to just 20 percent in 2014.
  • The county with the most Latinx voters was Mecklenburg, where over 12,000 Latinxs cast ballots in 2018, for a turnout rate of 38 percent.
  • The vast majority of Latinx voters in North Carolina are registered as either Democrats (43 percent) or unaffiliated voters (42 percent), while only 14 percent are Republicans and 1 percent are Libertarian. Less than 1 percent of Latinxs are registered with the Green Party or the Constitution Party.
  • The greatest number of Latinx voters are concentrated in urban counties, while Latinxs make up a greater share of registered voters in several southeastern counties. Cumberland, Johnston, Mecklenburg, Onslow, and Union are in the top ten for both number and percentage of registered voters.

Click  here to read the full report.

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