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Texas sets voter registration record with 15 million

4:39 p.m Thursday, Oct. 13, 2016 Texas News & Politics
June Conway, voter registration volunteer and director of voter registration for the Austin Area League of Women Voters, turns in 61 filled out voter registration cards collected during the presidential debate watch party held at the Alamo Draft House, to Thyra Davis, an Austin Community College intern, at the Travis County Voter Registar office in Austin on Monday.

A record 15 million Texans are registered to vote in the Nov. 8 election, the Texas secretary of state’s office announced Thursday.

That figure represents 78 percent of the state’s voting-age population of about 19 million. In 2012, 75 percent of voting-age residents were registered for the November election, and 77 percent were registered in 2008.

The last day to register to vote in the 2016 general election was Tuesday.

The deadline for requesting a mail ballot is Oct. 28. Early voting begins Oct. 24 and ends Nov. 4. On Election Day, polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.




You know what that means..? The cons are screwed.


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I don't think the Republicans really understand the ferocity of the flaming shit-storm of popular disapproval and revulsion that is going to hit them in November. But they are definitely worried.....


Hispanics Register to Vote in Record Numbers in Key States

Republican Donald Trump likely faces higher hurdle in some traditional battleground states and even in Arizona

The Wall Street Journal


July 11, 2016

AURORA, Colo.Hispanic voter registration is hitting record numbers in several key states, including battlegrounds like Colorado, at a time when polls show Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump struggling to gain traction with those voters.


Mr. Trump drew 22% Hispanic support in the most recent Wall Street Journal/NBC News poll, taken in June, compared to Democratic candidate Hillary Clintons 69%. A Pew Research Center poll released last week showed Mr. Trump with 24% Hispanic support nationwide versus Mrs. Clintons 66%.




Both are lower than the 27% the GOPs Mitt Romney got in 2012, when he lost to President Barack Obama despite winning 59% of the white vote. Even if Mr. Trump improves slightly on Mr. Romneys performance with white voters, expanding his support in the fast-growing Hispanic community is imperative to winning the White House.


"The electorate is only getting more diverse," said Florida-based Democratic strategist Steve Schale, who worked on Mr. Obamas 2008 and 2012 campaigns. "If Clinton keeps the relatively anemic level of white support that Barack Obama got in 2012, Trump can only make up the difference by improving with Hispanics. Otherwise, theres no path."


Mr. Trumps references to Mexican immigrants as criminals, his pledge to build a wall along the southern border of the U.S., and his plan to deport millions of illegal immigrants have left many Hispanics with a negative impression of Mr. Trump.


At a strip mall in this Denver suburb where activists were registering new voters, Paola Jaramillo, an 18-year-old high school senior, said, "Hes no good. He doesn't want my mom here." Her mother, who cleans apartments for a living, came to the U.S. illegally from Mexico 20 years ago.


Rafael Aguayo Gomez, 68, a Mexican-American registering to vote for the first time, was blunt when asked about the New York businessman: "Un racista."


Mr. Trump has said his policies are driven by national-security concerns and not because he views immigrants negatively. He tells his supporters that ultimately he will do very well with Hispanic voters. "We're going to win with Hispanics," Mr. Trump said in a May visit to New Mexico, the state with the largest Hispanic population.


His campaign officials say his economic message will carry the day. "Donald Trump is the only candidate who is going to bring back jobs to America, while Hillary Clinton would be terrible for the middle class, for African-American voters and for Hispanic voters," said Trump spokesman Jason Miller.


Dahlys Hamilton Dela Espriella, an Atlanta resident who belongs to a pro-Trump volunteer group called the National Diversity Coalition, said she thinks the media distorts the candidates position on immigration. "The campaign needs to start reaching more into the neighborhoods where theres a lot of Hispanics," she said.


In Arizona, which hasnt voted for the Democratic nominee since 1996, a recent poll by OH Predictive Insights showed Mrs. Clinton up by four points. In a clear sign the Trump campaign views Arizona as turf to defend, it is among 17 states identified as top targets.


On a tape obtained by Politico in May, Arizona Sen. John McCain said during a re-election fundraiser: "If Donald Trump is at the top of the ticket, here in Arizona, with over 30% of the vote being the Hispanic vote, no doubt that this may be the race of my life."


In Arizona, Hispanics will make up 22% of the population eligible to vote in November, according to a Pew Hispanic Center analysis of U.S. Census data.


In three of the most competitive states in NovemberColorado, Florida and NevadaHispanic voters make up growing, double-digit shares of the voting rolls.


Colorado doesnt sort new voters by race and ethnicity, but nonpartisan voting activists say they are on track to register more Hispanic voters than in previous elections. One group called Mi Familia Vota expects to register 120,000 voters this year in Colorado and five other states, compared to 90,000 in 2012. Fifteen percent of the eligible voters in Colorado are Hispanic, according to the Pew Hispanic Center.


Theres always a lot of energy around the presidential election, but people are really paying attention to this campaign, because they feel like theyve been attacked by Trump, said Carla Castedo, the Colorado state director of Mi Familia Vota.


Hispanic voter rolIs are also swelling in Florida and North Carolina, two other key swing states that do identify voters by race and ethnicity.


North Carolina counts 146,000 Hispanic voters, of which about 22,000 joined the rolls in the past year. That increase is more than twice what occurred during the year before the 2012 election. Hispanics make up only about 2% of the states registered voters, but recent presidential elections have been close. President Barack Obama won the state by a margin of 13,692 votes in 2008 and lost it by 97,465 ballots in 2012.


In Florida, there were nearly 1.8 million registered Hispanic voters as of February, comprising about 15% of the electorate, compared to 1.47 million, making up 13% of the electorate, four years earlier, according to state data.


Mr. Trump has begun to hire staff to reach out to the Hispanic community, which the Republican National Committee deemed vital to the partys future success after Mr. Romneys defeat.


Mrs. Clintons campaign has employed a team of more than half a dozen people devoted to the Hispanic community for months. The campaign has registered voters outside grocery stores and at festivals like the Colorado Latino Festival in Longmont last month and the Cinco de Mayo Festival in May.


Her campaign and allied groups have spent millions of dollars on English-language spots in states with large Hispanic populations, including Florida, Colorado and Nevada. Mr. Trump hasnt spent any money on television ads for the fall election yet.


Mrs. Clinton aired her first Spanish-language TV ad last month, featuring five Hispanics talking about their community and love of country, while Mr. Trump is shown calling for a deportation force.


In the face of Trumps extreme policies and hateful rhetoric, Hillary is proposing an agenda that seeks to empower our community, said Lorella Praeli, Clintons Latino outreach director.


On a recent afternoon, Ms. Castedo was clinging to her clipboard, asking people outside a supermarket and drivers license office if they wanted to register to vote. Dozens waved her off. No puedo, or I cant, they said, presumably because they arent U.S. citizens. Others said they didnt think their vote would matter.


That wasnt the view of Alexis Galvan, 21, who was buying popsicles at the market for her 1-year-old son but stopped to fill out a voter application. I was born here, and Trump is going to kick me out? she demanded. My vote is going to count this time.

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What you are saying is....that more people registering to vote IN TEXAS means Conservatives are going to lose? You are basing this on????

You are soooooo stupid!!!


Hispanics Register to Vote in Record Numbers in Key States

Republican Donald Trump likely faces higher hurdle in some traditional battleground states and even in Arizona

The Wall Street Journal


Increase in minority voters poses problem for Trump in Florida


More Latinos Seek Citizenship to Vote Against Trump

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Friday Oct 14, 2016 · 10:34 AM MDT
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With 25 days left to go in this election, Democrats have all the enthusiasm in voter registrations and early voting in Florida.

MIAMI — Approximately 311,000 Floridians cast absentee ballots by Friday morning in the nation’s biggest battleground state, and the numbers are increasingly moving in favor of Democrats and their White House nominee, Hillary Clinton.

Compared to the day before and this point four years ago, Democrats are catching up to Republicans in the number of voted absentee ballots—a part of the election that the Florida GOP used to own. But now, Republicans are ahead of Democrats by just 1.9 percentage points (about 42-40 percent), compared with a 3 percent advantage held Thursday by the GOP and a 3.9-point Republican advantage at this point relative to Election Day in 2012, state elections data shows.

At the same time, the Florida Democratic Party is blowing away the Republican Party of Florida in submitting new voter-registration forms. Democrats have submitted 503,000 and Republicans fewer than 60,000 of the 2 million registration forms collected this year by about 700 third-party groups, according to the 2016 data posted online by the state Division of Elections.

Part of the big difference, other than Donald Trump, is that the Clinton campaign has a strong ground game there, whereas Trump has . . . rallies. Where he says the kinds of things Donald Trump says.


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Donald Trump is going down in flames and he’s taking the whole party down with him, and House Speaker Paul Ryan knows it.

Wednesday evening, Speaker Ryan told GOP donors on a call that he believed House Republicans are in serious trouble due to Trump’s nosedive in the polls, due to the Access Hollywood video’s release last Friday, according to Politico‘s source that was on the call.

Ryan expressed concern that in 2008 when Sen. John McCain lost to President Obama by 7 percent, House Republicans lost 20 seats. Trump is down 10 percent nationally and there is no telling how many seats that will cost Republicans. House Democrats must gain 30 seats in order to take the majority, which was once thought impossible, but given the video and new allegations concerning Trump’s sexual indiscretions with women the Speaker foresees Republicans taking a serious beating. If Trump continues to nosedive in the polls it will effect down ballot races.

Ryan also expressed concern that Trump’s political naivete has him playing into the media’s hands, who are trying to drive a wedge between Trump and congressional Republicans. For example, his Twitter storm and his latest rallies where he called out Ryan, McCain, and Republicans for not being undyingly loyal to the Republican nominee.

Trump said at one rally:

“There is a whole deal going on there. There is a whole deal going on and we’re going to figure it out. I always figure things out. But there’s a whole sinister deal going on.”

Trump has put his own party in a terrible spot. He refused to do opposition research on himself and thanks to that misstep the Billy Bush video came out and shocked the country. Now Republicans are damned if they support Trump and damned if they don’t.

Ryan can see the writing on the wall — the House is now in play, and we all have Trump to thank.

Featured Image via Getty Images/Mark Wilson


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Hillary won't get one single vote in Texas. It will be a shut out for President Trump.

It's been kind of amusing to watch ol' BarelyFunctioning descend, over the last few weeks, from your ordinary rightwingnut sort of crackpot-crazy into full-on TOTAL BATSHIT-CRAZY DELUSIONAL INSANITY..........this post of his is another strong piece of evidence.....

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