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Voters: What are they thinking?

Demographic changes make it tricky to predict how people will vote

By Vicki Viotti

POSTED: 01:30 a.m. HST, Aug 03, 2014

~~<p>The voting-booth curtain that preserves the secrecy of the secret ballot hasn't become any thicker or impenetrable, but it's harder than ever this time to picture the person behind it. Politics watchers and those working actively behind the scenes acknowledge that a lot of the assumptions about island voting habits are changing, but nobody knows by how much.</p>
<p>They'll know a lot more after Aug. 9, Primary Election Day, but that will be too late for many candidates and their operatives, especially in the hotly contested Democratic races.</p>
~~

The voting-booth curtain that preserves the secrecy of the secret ballot hasn't become any thicker or impenetrable, but it's harder than ever this time to picture the person behind it. Politics watchers and those working actively behind the scenes acknowledge that a lot of the assumptions about island voting habits are changing, but nobody knows by how much.

They'll know a lot more after Aug. 9, Primary Election Day, but that will be too late for many candidates and their operatives, especially in the hotly contested Democratic races. Login for more...



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