Why the aggressive voter suppression by Texas Republicans, particularly in a political Armageddon year (presidential election + Census)? As @BetoORourke noted last night on @thereidout ... It’s the Demographics.
Texas is Future America. According to 2018 Census Bureau estimates, Texas is:
-41.4% Non-Hispanic White
-32.1% Hispanic White
-12.3% Black/African American
-5.0% Asian
-0.5% Native American/Alaskan Native
-0.1% Pacific Islander
-6.0% Some Other Race
-2.7% from two or more races
I pause here to note the Census’ counting of Hispanics as a subset of “White”—which somehow has not translated to Latinx people being courted, rather than disparaged, stereotyed and subjected to voter suppression, rejection, deportation threats and child-caging by Trumpublicans.
Latinx voters were just 10 percent of the voting population in 2012 (with President Obama winning 71% of their votes and Romney 27%) and 11 percent in 2016 (with Hillary Clinton winning 66 percent to Trump’s 28%). Latinx voters are expected to be 12% of the electorate this year.
In other words, the INSTANT Latinx voters in states like Texas, Colorado, Arizona etc — where the population is not predominantly Cuban-American or Venezuelan-American, who tend to lean more Republican — start voting anywhere near their population share, Republicans are DOOMED.
See: Black voters, who vote at rates that match our population share...
Republicans may not like science but they can do math, so they know that. And apparently they would rather try to suppress Latinx voters than change their policy ideas to try and attract them — the same tactic they used which turned once-Republican AAs into die-hard Democrats.
One positive note for democracy in Texas, however ... the SCOTUS rulings weren’t all terrible and anti-small-D-democratic. So VOTE, Texas VOTE! Vote to allow the Texas majority to actually rule.

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