Bergad, Laird W. 2018. Research Note: Have Puerto Ricans Experienced Increased Voter Registration Rates in Florida Since the November 2016 Presidential Election?

NEW YORK, October 04, 2018—The Center for Latin American, Caribbean and Latino Studies (CLACLS) of The Graduate Center of The City University of New York has released a report on the Puerto Rican voter registration rates in Florida. Results show that there has been an increase in the Puerto Rican population in selected counties in the state, alongside an overall rise in Hispanic voter registration rates. However, there is no conclusive evidence to say that Puerto Rican voter registration rates have increased.

Using the latest July 2018 Voter Registration Reports from the Florida Department of State, the report examines whether the counties that experienced higher Hispanic voter registration rates in Florida also had an increase in their Puerto Rican population. Based on a correlation analysis in each county, it is inferred that places experiencing higher Hispanic voter registration rates have a smaller Puerto Rican population. On the other hand, Orange and Hillsborough counties, where the largest Puerto Rican population lived in 2017, had marginal increases in Hispanic registered voters between 2016 and 2018.

The data do not capture the impact of Puerto Ricans arriving to Florida after the island was struck by Hurricane Maria in 2017 because there are no current county-level data. Therefore, despite these statistical indicators associating increases in the Puerto Rican population in selected counties and increases in Hispanic voter registration, this is not conclusive evidence that there has been a significant rise in voter registration rates among Puerto Ricans in Florida between 2016 and 2018.

Read the full research note here.