TEXAS REDISTRICTING & ELECTION LAW

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PAC+ and the One Texas PAC yesterday released the toplines of extensive polling they are conducting on Texas Hispanic voters in Dallas, Harris, Bexar, Tarrant, and El Paso counties.

The poll had a margin of error of +/- 1.9% and was conducted using both cellphones and landlines.

Here are some of the tidbits:

  • 69% of Texas Hispanic voters went to primary or secondary school in Texas.

  • 81% have lived at their current address for at least 5 years.

  • 21% believe Senator Ted Cruz is a Democrat. Another 18% were unsure.

  • 11% of respondents said they were not registered to vote (when in fact they were). Another 3% said they were not sure if they were registered. ¬†Of the 11% who said they weren’t registered, 51% of them said they had been registered at one point - suggesting either they didn’t understand the way voter registration works or maybe that they moved and needed to update their registration.

When it comes to a preference for Hispanic candidates, a plurality said they were at least somewhat more likely to vote for a Hispanic candidate, with a quarter saying they were much more likely:

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But voters in the survey also were not particularly politically aware, with only 47% correctly identifying the next gubernatorial election as being in 2014:

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And, as for the billion dollar question, why don’t people vote?

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The full toplines here.