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Here’s who’s eligible to vote in El Paso’s 2020 elections


El Paso Matters will be providing demographic updates of the county’s voting patterns through the election season. We’ll start with a look at who is eligible to vote in the election.

El Paso’s youngest and oldest adults are the main drivers of increased voter registration since the 2016 election, an El Paso Matters analysis shows.

El Paso County has more than 486,000 registered voters eligible to vote in the Nov. 3 election, an increase of about 59,000 since the last presidential election in 2016.

The largest increase in registered voters was among those 65 and older, which is primarily a result of people aging into the senior citizen category. That age group has about 20% more registered votes than in 2016.

The second-largest increase was in voters 30 and younger, up 16%.

Voters age 30-44 and 45-64 showed lower growth rates. That’s not surprising because El Paso’s population has not grown since the 2016 election, in large part because thousands of people have moved out of El Paso in search of higher pay. 

Women continue to constitute about 52 percent of El Paso registered voters.

More than 112,000 of El Paso’s eligible voters registered since the last presidential election in 2016, about a quarter of all those now registered. About 53,000 people who were registered in El Paso County for the 2016 election are no longer on the voter rolls, because they died or moved away.

About half the new registered voters since 2016 are age 30 and younger.

Slightly more men than women have registered to vote in El Paso County since the last presidential election.

Cover photo: Voters wait in line at Bassett Place on the first day of early voting in El Paso. (Corrie Boudreaux/El Paso Matters)

Robert Moore

Robert Moore is the founder and CEO of El Paso Matters. He has been a journalist in the Texas Borderlands since 1986. His work has received a number of top journalism honors including the Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Award, Pulitzer Prize finalist and the Benjamin C. Bradlee Editor of the Year Award. 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 border issues by CNN, MSNBC, BBC, CBC and PBS.

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