Texas shatters voter registration numbers
AUSTIN — On the start of early voting, the Secretary of State reported a net of 1.3 million Texans have registered to vote since November 2018 and 1.9 million have registered since November 2016. With natural changes in the voting rolls, the Texas Democratic Party estimates nearly 3 million new voters have been added since 2016.
The vast majority of these voters are expected to lean Democratic, with the electorate getting younger and more diverse each day. To read more about the changing electorate in Texas, click here.
Additionally, analysis from targetsmart shows that 60% of these voters are either under the age of 25 or people of color, groups that lean Democratic.
At least 1.3 million net new voters have registered to vote since 2018. The margin at the top of the ticket for the election was 215,000 votes.
The main takeaway: 1 in 5 voters in Texas will be first-time Texas voters. The electorate has fundamentally shifted.
Texas Democratic Party Executive Director Manny Garcia issued the following statement:
“Texas is the biggest battleground state because Texans are rising up and demanding change. Texans are sick of Republicans who have failed at every level, want to repeal healthcare in the middle of a pandemic, are caught in scandal after scandal, and don't have ideas or solutions to bring our economy back better.
“As one of the youngest and most diverse states in the country, the electorate in Texas has fundamentally shifted over the past few years. Turnout in the election is expected to break records and Texas Democrats have built a winning coalition of voters because we have earned the trust of Texans. “This is our moment.
“This is our moment. We’re on the cusp of victory. This election is a coin flip and with the energy and movement Texas Democrats are feeling, we will win the election in November.”
Press release courtesy of Texas Democrats