New Haven has 4th largest population of Hispanic voters in Connecticut
Denise Merrill sent out a release Tuesday detailing Hispanic voter registration -- 9 percent of all voters, and 7,500 more than in 2011. The cities with the highest number of voters of Hispanic origin are, in order, Bridgeport, Hartford, Waterbury and New Haven.
Of those 176,000 Hispanic voters, 90,012 are registered as Democrats, while 71,488 are registered as unaffiliated voters, and 14,449 are registered Republicans, Merrill said.
“These numbers clearly show us that Connecticut is becoming more diverse every day, and nearly one in ten citizens registered to vote in our state is Hispanic American,” Merrill said. “I think those of us in public service should learn very quickly that it would be wise to listen to the voices of our Hispanic voters in Connecticut. At the same time, we also know that a significant gap exists between our Hispanic citizens who are registered to vote and those who actually cast ballots. This is a gap I am committed to closing by making our elections more accessible to all voters in Connecticut, and I will continue to reach out to all communities in our state with the message of why it is important to vote.”
But the news from Merrill wasn’t all good: According to her release, the Secretary of the State’s 2011 Civic Health Index Report found that although 46 percent of Hispanic citizens in Connecticut are registered to vote, just 23 percent actually cast ballots.
Werner Oyanadel, acting executive director of the Connecticut Latino and Puerto Rican Affairs Commission, said, “I am delighted to learn that the majority of Hispanic U.S. Citizens that are within the voting age in our state are registered to vote. I remain confident that more than half of the Hispanic registered voters in Connecticut will exercise their right to vote in the next elections and in turn help our community increase our voice for equal rights in the halls of power.”
Secretary Merrill estimates that party affiliation for registered Hispanic voters in Connecticut is as follows:
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The 20 municipalities in Connecticut with the highest estimated number of registered Hispanic voters in Connecticut are, listed in descending order: