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Election 2020: Hispanic voters could be deciding factor

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LUBBOCK, Texas -

Hispanic voters could be the deciding factor in the 2020 election.

According to the Pew Research Center, 32 million Latinos are eligible to vote this year, making them the largest minority voting bloc in the country. The center reports the Latino voter turnout reached more than 11.5 million in 2018. That is nearly twice as many as 2014.

Andy Hernandez, a business owner in Lubbock, said it is important for Latinos to exercise their right to vote, as it impacts their family, children and grandchildren.

"Sometimes people start thinking like, they say, 'Well, it doesn't mean anything.' But believe it or not, it does mean something," Hernandez said, "and for example, here in Texas, Hispanics, we compose about 38 percent of our population."

Sam Gonzales, the president of the League of United Latin American Citizens Council 263, a non-partisan organization, said he thinks many Latinos still are not voting in county, state or federal elections, because they feel their voices are not heard.

"That is wrong, because that by itself is killing the vote," Gonzales said. "If you've got an area with 20,000 voters, and you only get 2,500 to vote, you're hurting yourself and your community."

Many people might believe their votes do not make a difference, Hernandez said, and the candidates running for office play a role in that belief.

"I think it's really important even for our community leaders, whatever party you're with, you need to get out and inform you public, if not, how do people even know?" Hernandez said.

LULAC offers help to voters with registration and campaigns. He said their vote affects things right in their backyards, not just nationally.

"I feel like it could really be a big impact if they did go out and vote and they would see the results, and see how a winning campaign could make a big difference for Latino voters," Gonzales said.

Voters will elect nominees for county leadership, the courts and state leaders on Super Tuesday, March 3.

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