In New York burbs, Hispanic voter enrollment surges
We’ve got some new data on how many people registered to vote this year in Westchester County, and Hispanic enrollment appears to be surging.
Hispanics are about 8 percent of the voter rolls in Westchester, but they account for 14 percent of registrations this year, says Tim Henderson of our Journal News data desk. (He’s making estimates based on Hispanic surnames â€” not an official tally, but a common means of estimating the number.)
Latinos account for about 18 percent the the overall Westchester population, so their share of the voter rolls still lags, relative to others.
In Port Chester, about 24 percent of registered voters are Hispanic. But Hispanics appear to account for 40 percent of new registrations, more than 300 out of 755.
Similar trend in Carmel, Putnam County: Latinos account for 7 percent of enrolled voters, but 13 percent of the newly enrolled.
And the Hispanics are trending Democratic. The big picture: More than 8,000 Hispanics have registered to vote this year in the Lower Hudson Valley, and that will bolster the Democrats’ edge in Tuesday’s election. Hispanics registered Democratic at a 4 to 1 rate in Westchester and Rockland counties, and 2-1 in Putnam. The estimates are based on an analysis of Hispanic names on the voter rolls in October.