UVU believes that understanding the Ector County Electorate is important to plan and engage in effective “Get Out the Vote” activities. “This report tells us who is voting and who is not. Knowing this information allows us to tailor an effective outreach program,” said Art Leal, President of Una Voz Unida of Odessa.
UVU noted that 16,382 voters stayed home on Election Day verses the turnout in the November 2008 election, 50% of which were under age 45. UVU was also troubled that our registered voters have dropped to a 10 year low at 66,635 from a record high of 70,259 in 2008. Turnout was better from the last Gubernatorial election at 30.16% from 27%. Voters over 55 years of age followed national trends in being the largest voting demographic at 57%. Research suggests that Tea Party had a strong effect on mobilizing older voters and the same may hold true in Ector County. Females also voted higher than their male counterparts at 54%. Art Leal was concerned that Hispanics who make up 31% of the electorate in Ector County only participated at 16%. “With Ector county’s
emerging Hispanic population, more needs to be done to integrate Hispanics into our electoral process,” said Leal.
For more information about Una Voz Unida of Odessa and to view the full report visit http://www.unavozunida.org
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