Raleigh.- More than 293,000 Hispanic voters registered to vote in North Carolina at the end of the regular registration period for the March 5 Primary Election, representing less than 4 percent of the total registered voters statewide.

According to data from the North Carolina State Board of Elections, as of Feb. 10, 7,464,677 voters had registered, of which 293,255, or 3.92 percent, identified as Hispanic or Latino.

This represents a jump of more than 36 percent compared to 2020 data for this same stage of the electoral process, when there were 214,319 Hispanics/Latinos registered (3.09%).

However, Latino participation remains very low considering that an estimated 40 percent of Latinos living in North Carolina are eligible to vote.

The majority of Hispanic registered voters for the upcoming elections reside in Mecklenburg County, with 45,729 registered voters so far, followed by Wake County which has 36,487. 

The registration period for the March 5 Primary Election closed on Feb. 9 at 5 p.m., but voters will still be able to register and vote during the early voting period that begins Thursday, Feb. 15 and ends Saturday, March 2.