More than 6.1M Texans registered to vote in the 2016 November general election did not cast a vote for the country’s highest office, the highest such figure in state history for a presidential election. In the preceding gubernatorial election cycle, a record 9.3M Texans registered to vote did not cast a ballot for governor, making it the fifth straight gubernatorial election where at least 7.5M registered voters didn’t vote.

Another 2.3M Texans did not register to vote for the 2016 general election even though they were eligible to do so. An estimated 2.8M adult Texans were not eligible to vote, either because they were non-citizens or they (temporarily) lost their right to vote as a consequence of criminal convictions. Put another way, for every three adults registered to vote in Texas, one is not.


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