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  Puerto Ricans who fled to Florida after Hurricane Maria are not registering to vote
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Last EditedRP  Jul 27, 2018 11:49am
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AuthorJames Hohmann
News DateFriday, July 27, 2018 03:00:00 PM UTC0:0
DescriptionThe freshest data reveals that there has been no surge in new Puerto Rican voters. During the nine months before the hurricane — January through September of 2017 — there were 343,000 people who registered to vote in Florida, and 18 percent were Hispanic, according to Daniel Smith, the chairman of the political science department at the University of Florida. During the nine months after the hurricane — from last October through the end of June — there were 326,000 new registered voters. Just 21 percent were Hispanic. That’s a pretty small uptick — and not necessarily explained by Puerto Rican registration at all.
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