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Census report shows that Texas still ranks low in voter turnout

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    http://www.star-telegram.com/state_news/story/1496836.html Posted on Mon, Jul. 20, 2009 Census report shows that Texas still ranks low in voter turnout By AMAN
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      Posted on Mon, Jul. 20, 2009
      Census report shows that Texas still ranks low in voter turnout
      By AMAN BATHEJA abatheja@...

      The presidential race between Barack Obama and John McCain sent more Texans to the polls last year, but the state still had one of the lowest turnouts in the country, according to data released by the U.S. Census Bureau.

      After factoring in population growth, turnout in Texas dropped 1 percentage point from 2004.

      About 8.4 million voters cast ballots in the state in the November election, roughly half a million more than in 2004.

      But that growth didn’t keep pace with the rise in the state’s population, so turnout actually dropped, from 57 percent in 2004 to 56 percent in 2008. That puts Texas 45th among the states in 2008; it was 47th in 2004.

      Turnout rose among black voters in Texas from 2004 to 2008, but dropped among Hispanics and Asians. An additional 263,000 blacks voted in 2008, increasing turnout from 58 to 65 percent. Hispanic turnout decreased from 42 to 38 percent, despite an additional 164,000 voters. Turnout among Asians fell to 34 percent from 43 percent, with 34,000 fewer voting.

      In Texas, while 71,000 more voters ages 18 to 24 cast ballots in 2008, the turnout for that age group dropped from 39 percent in 2004 to 36 percent in 2008. Voters ages 65 to 74 saw the largest gain, from 69 percent in 2004 to 74 percent in 2008.

      AMAN BATHEJA, 817-390-7695
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