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Published: Mon, November 07, 2016
Economy | By Melissa Porter

Low African-American Turnout in Early Voting Could Bruise Hillary Clinton

Low African-American Turnout in Early Voting Could Bruise Hillary Clinton

America has come a long way since Mama and Papa had to pay a "poll tax", specifically designed as a way to restrict voting rights for Blacks.

The black vote is the Democratic Party's most loyal, most reliable base. White turnout, however, is up 15 percent. Michelle Obama, with a score of 7.88, was deemed the most effective, followed by her husband, President Barack Obama, the Black Lives Matter movement and black scholars and professors.

By Oct 31, while white early voters were running almost 212,000 ballots ahead of their total from the same day four years ago, black voters were almost 73,000 behind from the same period.

The problems for Democrats do not end there.

LEWIS: Well, during this week, the past few days, I've spent a great deal of time in Florida, in North Carolina yesterday, and I can tell you the African-American vote will be turning out in Florida, in North Carolina, not just early voting but on Tuesday November 8. Black turnout in Florida went from 25% in 2012 to just 15% so far this year.

The Clinton campaign believes it can close the gap, especially in North Carolina and Florida, by Election Day. And higher turnout from Hispanics and college-educated women could make up the difference elsewhere.

But this election could determine if the Obama-era level of participation among blacks is sustainable.

He also told the minority demographic that it's not that hard.

"That is the big X-factor", Belcher added. At this past summer's National Association of Black Journalists conference, some attendees argued that candidate Clinton had failed to lay the foundation for a well-coordinated grassroots mobilization effort in black neighborhoods. Salandra Benton of the coalition's Florida affiliate says black student have complained that neither Clinton nor Trump drills down into their key issues: jobs, college costs, and criminal-justice reform.

Obama is trying to gin up some excitement, telling Joyner's largely African-American audience he doesn't want to spend his last months in office contemplating the dismantling of everything he's done. Alveda King, a niece of Martin Luther King, announced that she had already voted for him; her uncle might have done so too, she reckoned, out of concern for family breakdown.

"Many of our folks are angry and opposed to Sunday voting", North Carolina Republican Party executive director Dallas Woodhouse wrote in one email from August.

The trend is also evident in early vote data from other swing states that could play key roles in deciding the election, including Florida and Georgia.

In Guilford County, N.C., about an hour's drive west from the state capital, the population is roughly one-third black.

In a post on his blog Wednesday, Smith noted that African-American voters seemed to be getting out early and voting by mail in Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach counties, suggesting that "the dire warnings of low black turnout may be premature".

The number of African-American voters has increased steadily: 12.9 million in 2000, 14 million in 2004, 16 million in 2008 and 17.8 million in 2012. As a result, the number of early voting ballots has dropped by more than 10,000 compared to four years ago, according to the Times.

The president said black voters must turn out at the polls for Mrs. Clinton the same way they did for him. Overall vote is up.

Brooks, 31, a mental health worker, was still weighing his options Tuesday morning. "You can feel it", she says". Who has done black Americans more harm, one fatalistic Atlantan asks: a Trump fan waving a Confederate flag, or the Clintons?

She furthered that she was "proud" of the efforts of both U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch and her predecessor, Eric Holder, to beat back unconstitutional voter ID laws in North Carolina and across the nation. North Carolina and OH are two of the five states where federal lawsuits have been filed alleging illegal purging of thousands of black voters from registration lists, Salon reports.

The state NAACP president, the Rev. Dr. William J. Barber II, said the purges were little more than election trickery aimed at disenfranchising legally registered voters.

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