New Jersey ranks ninth in the country when it comes to the number of Latinos who will be eligible to vote in this November’s election, according to the Pew Research Center. That translates to about 831,000 voters.
Less than half of the Latinos in New Jersey — 48 percent of 1.73 million — are eligible to vote. Many do not have citizenship and others are too young to vote in the next general election.
The 8th Congressional District, currently represented by Albio Sires, has the highest concentration of Latino voters in New Jersey, with 38 percent. The 8th District spans parts of Hudson, Newark, and Union Counties. The 9th District, which spans parts of Hudson, Bergen and Passaic Counties, has the second-highest concentration of Latino voters, with 27 percent.
New Jersey’s 5th Congressional District, currently represented by Republican Scott Garrett, the most conservative member of the state delegation, is one of the districts with the most Latino voters in New Jersey at 11 percent. It is being tagged as one of the most competitive districts in the country this year.