Young Latino Voters Poised to Greatly Influence 2020 Election
A large majority of polled young Hispanic voters who participated in last November's elections plan to continue voting; 94% of 18-to-35-year-old 2018 Hispanic voters who responded said they will vote in 2020 and beyond. Young Latino voters, in particular, are poised to influence the election -- particularly in the Democratic primary. María Teresa Kumar, President of Voto Latino, pointed out that the median age of white voters is 54, while the median age of Latino voters is 19. "There's going to be a million young Latinos turning 18 every year for the next 10 years," said Kumar. Of those surveyed, 43% were registered Democrats, 23% independents, 18% Republicans and 16% aren't registered. Of that 16%, half said they're not registered because they're not citizens, 36% said voting is not important to them, 14% said they don't know how to register, and 1% are under 18 years of age. The poll surveyed 1,014 under-35 residents of Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida, Illinois, Nevada, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Texas, and Wisconsin who identify as Hispanic or have a Spanish-speaking background. Of those polled, 32 % named immigration as the top issue, 31% said health care, and 25% said the environment. But engagement will be key. In October, The Beat DC reported that about 55% of Latino voters reported that they had not yet been contacted by a campaign or party about registering to vote in 2018, according to a Latino Decisions survey for NALEO. The Hill’s Rafael Bernal has more on the Voto Latino/Change Research poll.