Faculty Mentor

Mihhail Berezovski


When it comes to registering to vote, Hispanic voters can only register as “Hispanic” in the “Race/Ethnicity” category, causing difficulties when analyzing voting trends amongst the Hispanic community. Upon the recent idea that not all Hispanic Groups vote the same, the goal is to create a model that can possibly identify a voter’s Hispanic Group with the information provided on the public Florida voter file. This is accomplished using name and zip code data for all voters in Palm Beach, Florida. This paper will explore the model implemented, its findings and limitations. Palm Beach, Florida, is met with low confidence in classification, leaving the final sample of highly confident active Hispanic voters with 15% of its original sample. Further analysis on other counties will be needed to gauge how impactful this limitation might be on the rest of the state.



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