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Professor: Demographic voter change could impact election results

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TYLER (KYTX) - The number of young and minority voters heading to the polls is on a constant rise according to Tyler Junior College government professor David McClendon. East Texas voter Lois Boyd is all for it.

"I always vote, I always vote, cause it's not gonna change if we don't' go vote."

Boyd makes a point to tell her children and her grandchildren one important thing.

"In order for us to make things change, you have to go out and vote."

It's the younger group that could soon be the ones leading in voter turnout.

"I think voting is becoming trendy in a lot of ways."

Alaina Head said education and environmental legislation is what brought her to the polls for early voting. She said that may not be the case for other voters.

"I think social media is a large component of attracting the younger generation it's easier with people on facebook and twitter."

Tyler Junior College government professor David McClendon agrees, young voters could tip the voting scale but they won't be the only factor.

"The state of Texas grows at an annual rate of about 2% in terms of it's population, so each decade we grow about 20 percent," said McClendon.

HE said as the percentages grow the minority population also grows.

"Over the course of the next decade or two we could have a radical shift in the voter demographic in the state of Texas and how it represents both the state as well as the federal government."

Its' not clear on the exact path voting demographics will go first, Head isn't sure the young vote will necessarily heavily impact national legislation.

"But I think for local elections most definitely."

 

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The new facility offers customers ample parking, ground-level entry and a spacious early voting area. Early voting hours for the May 11 election:

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