Study: Hall County has state’s highest growth of Latino voters | GainesvilleTimes.com

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Study: Hall County has state’s highest growth of Latino voters | GainesvilleTimes.com

Hall County leads all Georgia counties in the growth of new Latino voters and in the decline of Latino voter participation rates, according to a study released Tuesday by the Georgia Association of Latino Elected Officials.

The report found nearly 184,000 Hispanic voters in the state, which is about 3 percent of the state’s electorate and a growth of 26 percent since GALEO’s 2008 study.

Hall has the fifth-largest number of registered Latino voters in the state at 7,095, with Gainesville accounting for about 1,583, according to the report. The growth of registered Latino voters in the county since the 2008 study is 35.25 percent.

The increase could help redefine Georgia state politics in years to come.

Nationwide, Latinos tend to vote more Democratic, and that could have implications statewide and locally unless Republicans broaden their appeal, said Charles Bullock, political science professor at the University of Georgia. The state has a large African-American population and growing Latino and Asian-American populations, but most Republicans currently win office with few minority votes.

“Three percent, that’s not a whole lot of the electorate obviously,” Bullock said. “What’s happening is the Georgia electorate is less and less white, less and less Anglo, is more minority.”

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