WILL THE LATINO VOTE TIP THE BALANCE OF POWER IN THIS YEAR'S ELECTIONS?
In more than 20 years of Hispanic marketing, I’ve heard this line over and over: The Latino vote could tip the elections this year. It’s true the Latino vote has helped tremendously for both Democrats and Republicans as Latinos swayed the elections of George W. Bush both as Texas governor and then president in his race against Democrat Al Gore. They were even a force for Hilary Clinton, who secured over 60% of the Latino vote.
However, according to the University of Southern California's Program for Environmental and Regional Equity, young Latinos are not showing up to vote. The USC study says that just 43% of Latinos 18-29 registered to vote and, of those who registered, only one-third actually voted in 2016.
The study also states that Latino Millennials' turnout in 2016 was less than African-Americans and Anglos of the same cohort, who voted at 48% and 44%, respectively.
While turnout of the Latino vote has many national implications, it is especially influential in states like Texas with such high Hispanic populations. Yet in Texas, the Latino vote is anemically represented. In general, Texas ranks next to last for overall voter turnout in the U.S.
This year in Texas, over 880,000 Hispanic youth will turn 18 and be eligible to vote in time for the 2018 elections. According to Pew Research Center, 41% of Hispanics who are eligible...