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Home | News | Early voting, Day 6: Democratic voters are older than Republicans, but don’t read too much into that

Early voting, Day 6: Democratic voters are older than Republicans, but don’t read too much into that

Early voting in the March 3 Texas primary elections is underway and continues through February 28.

El Paso Matters is tracking the demographic profile of El Paso voters and will update the turnout details as data become available each day.

If you have a question about turnout demographics, email bmoore@elpasomatters.org. Here’s how things look after six days of early voting.

Age

In previous days, we’ve looked at turnout by age group. For example, we’ve consistently noted that the number of voters over age 80 is larger than the number under 30. Another way to look at the age of the electorate is median age, meaning half of voters in any group are older and half are younger.

The median age of all primary voters so far is 18 years older than the median age of registered voters. That shows that older voters are turning out proportionately at much higher levels than younger voters. That’s not new, though the age gap is fairly large.

One other thing that immediate pops out is that the median age of Republican voters is 20 years younger than the median for Democrats. Nationally, the median age of Republicans is about four years older than Democrats.

Graphic courtesy El Paso Matters

One factor driving the age gap is that Democrats have run a much more successful mail ballot effort. Through Saturday, the last day the mail arrived at the County Courthouse, Democrats had sent 2,134 mail ballots vs. 388 for Republicans. Texas tightly restricts mail ballot eligibility, so the vast majority of mail ballots come from people over 65.

Although Republican voters are collectively younger than Democrats, they still badly trail Democrats in turnout in every age group. It’s just that the gap is smaller (though still large) among voters 40 to 64. The Democrats’ biggest advantage over Republicans is in voters under age 40. However, those younger voters aren’t yet turning out in numbers representative of their possible strength.

Graphic courtesy El Paso Matters

Sex

As is traditional in El Paso elections, more women than men are voting. But there’s a clear gender gap between parties.

Women make up 52 percent of Democratic voters so far, but just 46 percent of Republicans. Put another way, 79 percent of women voters so far have cast Democratic ballots; for men it’s 75 percent. That gender gap has long been present nationally.

Graphic courtesy El Paso Matters

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About El Paso Matters

This piece was originally posted on El Paso Matters. El Paso Matters is a member-supported nonpartisan media organization that uses journalism to expand civic capacity in our region. We inform and engage with people in El Paso, Ciudad Juarez and neighboring communities to create solutions-driven conversations about complex issues shaping our region. Founded in 2019 by journalist Robert Moore, El Paso Matters focuses on in-depth and investigative reporting about El Paso and the Paso del Norte region. El Paso Matters has a pending application for federal 501(c)3 status. While awaiting a ruling, we are a supporting organization to the El Paso Community Foundation and thus donations made to El Paso Matters are tax deductible.

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