Minority vote is expected to have impact on midterm election

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The 2018 midterm election so far, has had a record early voter turnout, and people’s vote is expected to have a greater impact.  

Different demographics have traditional voting patterns.  Many minority groups such as Hispanics and African-Americans have voted Democratic in past elections, but it’s really an oversimplification of voting habits because education also plays a role, as does religion, and other factors.

The impact of minority voters in Nevada is still unknown, but when looking back at other recent special elections in other states — African-American voters showed up and helped elect Democrat Doug Jones to the Senate in Alabama beating Roy Moore.

“We’re voting to make sure that we can have quality accessible health care in our communities, said Holli Holliday, senior data and political advisor for NCBCP.  “We’re voting because we want to make sure that the criminal justice system continues to be fixed repaired and addressed.”

In Nevada, the Latino vote is so crucial that without it experts say the state could face a red wave on Tuesday night.  Asian Pacific Islanders vote will also be watched closely because they make up nearly 10 percent of the state’s population.

It is the fastest growing demographic in the state, but not at the polls. There are nearly 250,000 Asian Pacific Island Americans living in Las Vegas alone but to have their voices heard they must show up to vote. 

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