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Latino Impact: 6 Things to Know About Hispanic Voters in Florida

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    Latino Impact: 6 Things to Know About Hispanic Voters in Florida
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    Florida's Hispanic registered voters have the numbers to impact the upcoming 2018 mid-term election.

    More than 1 million Hispanics will vote in Florida for the 2018 mid-term Congressional election, according to the National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials, or NALEO, Educational Fund which said that figure represents a 12.6 percent increase from the 2014 mid-term election.

    Here are six key findings from NALEO's Hispanic primary election profile of Florida:

    1. As of 2016, there are more than 5.1 million Hispanics in Florida – making up about 25 percent of the state's population.

    2. More than 2.1 million Hispanics are registered to vote, comprising of about 17 percent of Florida's registered voters.

    3. Voter turnout among Hispanic voters in mid-term Congressional elections increased by about 103 percent in a 16-year span – from 439,000 in 1998 to 892,000 in 2014.

    4. About 38 percent of Hispanic registered voters are not affiliated with either major political party, compared to 26 percent of non-Hispanics. About 24 percent of Hispanic registered voters are Republicans, compared to 37 percent non-Hispanics. The share of Hispanic and non-Hispanic voters for Democrats is nearly the same, 38 percent and 37 percent, respectively.

    5. About 12 percent of Hispanic registered voters are between the ages of 18 to 24, compared to 8 percent of non-Hispanics. In contrast, about 57 percent of non-Hispanics are age 50 and older, compared to 43 percent of Hispanics.

    6. The number of Hispanics serving in elected office in Florida increased from 71 in 1996 to 207 in 2017, when 86 percent served at a local level.

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