Professor: Valley could be political powerhouse if everyone votes

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Voter turnout could make RGV a political powerhouse (source: CBS 4)

February 07 2021 06:00 pm

According to the last Census study, more than a million people call the Rio Grande Valley home. 

However, fewer people vote here than in many regions around the state.

The good news is there’s some growth.

Cameron county is set to surpass 2016’s early voting turnout.

This season they were able to register over 200,000 people to vote. An early unofficial count has counted that 20,000 people have voted.

“It’s clear that there’s going to be a higher number of democrats voting than have voted in any presidential year,” said Cameron County Election Administrator Remi Garza.

The valley is heavily democrat. If voter turnout improved, UTRGV Professor Mark Kaswan tells CBS 4 the valley has the potential to dominate Texas politics.

“If the Rio Grande Valley votes got up to 60-70 percent, we would become the tail that wags the dog of politics we would drive politics in Texas,” he said.

Whether you vote blue or red, it’s all about heading to the polls. Texas has dominated as a red state you years, professor Kaswan thinks that could change soon.

“Being able to flip Texas is in turnout, turnout, turnout,” said Kaswan “If you don’t like any of them just go ahead and submit a blank ballot and it counts as a vote and you have spoken in a way.”

Early voting ends February 28th. The next election is Super Tuesday on March 3rd.

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