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A first look at El Paso’s primary voters


Throughout the early voting period, El Paso Matters is providing updates on who is voting in the March 3 Democratic and Republican primaries. El Paso County Elections Administrator Lisa Wise is predicting a possible record primary turnout.

Here’s a look at who is registered to vote in El Paso County for the primary:

  • 470,416 people are registered to vote in the primary, up from 427,850 at the time of the last presidential election on Nov. 8, 2016.
  • 52 percent of registered voters are women.
  • 14.1 percent of voters are 18-25 years old; 18.8 percent are 65 or older. The median age of registered voters is about 44.4 years, slightly older than the 2016 registered voters.
  • Among currently registered voters, 52,435 cast ballots in the 2016 Democratic primary and 26,544 voted in the Republican primary.
  • 91,132 of all current registered voters registered after the last presidential election in 2016; 70 percent of them are under age 40.
  • Of the 379,000 voters who were registered as of the 2016 presidential election, 54 percent of them cast ballots in that year’s general election. 

Related: See more election coverage here

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Robert Moore

Robert Moore is the founder and CEO of El Paso Matters. He has been a journalist in the Texas Borderlands since 1986. He spent most of his career at the El Paso Times, serving in a variety of leadership roles. His work has received a number of top journalism honors including the Burl Osborne award for editorial leadership, the James Madison Award from the Texas Freedom of Information Foundation, the Jack Douglas Award from Texas Associated Press Managing Editors and the Frank W. Mayborn Award for Community Leadership from the Texas Press Association. In 2013, he was the recipient of the Benjamin C. Bradlee Editor of the Year Award from the National Press Association. As a freelance journalist, Moore’s work has appeared in the Washington Post, Texas Monthly, ProPublica, National Public Radio, The Guardian and other publications. He has been featured as an expert on the border by CNN, MSNBC, BBC, CBC and PBS.

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