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Top Stories: Hispanic Voter Turnout Is Complicated In Texas


The top local stories this morning from KERA News:

Millennials could make up nearly half of the record 27 million Hispanic eligible voters. Yet Texas lags in Hispanic voter turnout. That was the point of discussion yesterday at a policy forum in Dallas.

Speakers discussed the growing Latino electorate, campaign issues and historical voting patterns. In the 2012 presidential election for example, only 39 percent of eligible Texas Latinos voted. Nationally, it was 48 percent.

The other issue – who is eligible to vote. According to the Pew Research Center, 46 percent of Hispanics in Texas are eligible to vote. On the other hand, 79 percent of the state’s white population is eligible.

Other stories this morning:

  • The Bush Institute yesterday unveiled a new online tool that allows users to compare education data for more than 100 school districts nationwide. The institute says the data can help leaders make better decisions for their schools.
  • Video gamers tend to sacrifice a lot of shut-eye to keep playing, but now there’s new research to back that up.

You can listen to North Texas stories weekdays at 8:22 a.m. and 6:20 p.m. on KERA 90.1 FM.

Former KERA staffer Krystina Martinez was an assistant producer. She produced local content for Morning Edition and She also produced The Friday Conversation, a weekly series of conversations with North Texas newsmakers. Krystina was also the backup newscaster for the Texas Standard.