Voting numbers

By Armando Bellmas

On the heels of primary election day, we wanted to take a moment to look at some numbers from yesterday’s election and beyond.

According to the North Carolina State Board of Elections, there are 6,296,750 registered voters in North Carolina. 2,164,074 cast ballots yesterday. That’s a 34.37% voter turnout.

In the Amendment 1 vote (which the Latin American Coalition took a stand against), 1,303,952 people voted for the amendment while 831,788 voted against it. That’s a difference of 472,164 votes.

As we’ve mentioned before, in the 2008 presidential election Barack Obama received 2,123,390 votes and John McCain received 2,109,698 votes here in North Carolina. Obama won our state by a mere 13,692 votes.

According to CNN and the U.S. Census, there are roughly 492,330 Latinos of voting age in North Carolina. An estimated 130,615 are registered to vote. That’s only 25.5% of eligible North Carolina Latino voters.

At La Coalición we aren’t into politics, we are into action. Voting is one of the most significant actions any citizen can take.

If you voted yesterday, thank you for taking action. If you didn’t vote, please do in November. And if you haven’t registered to vote yet, here’s a link to get the ball rolling.

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