These hoes wanna hold us back!!!
“Every vote counts”, is cliché but this year Democrats are banking that saying it will move blacks to the polls on November 6, 2012. Democrats, civil rights organizations and minority leaders are pushing that fact for the next 50 days leading into the Presidential election between Barack Obama and his Republican challenger Mitt Romney.
David Axelrod, Senior Obama Campaign Advisor reveals this year’s presidential contest will be so close; he is evoking Gore vs. Bush in 2000. That Presidential election was ultimately decided by the United States Supreme Court. In 2000, 537 Florida popular votes were at issue. George Bush had more of Florida’s popular votes than Gore. Yet, Al Gore had an advantage of nationwide popular votes but lost the battle for the Electoral College giving George W. Bush the Presidency.
As the race is expected to be very tight, there are efforts to get blacks to the polls but there are concerns the black vote will be disenfranchised for various reason to include voter ID laws that will go into effect in 30 states. Voter apathy is expected to be a huge deal along with voter intensity.
Cathy Cohen, Political Science professor at the University of Chicago, conducted a survey for the Black Youth Project saying they see a move to suppress the vote for the November 6th election. Cohen’s research finds voter suppression is carried out this way, “even though you are eligible to vote, we are now going to present some additional barriers that will probably prevent you from getting to the polls and casting a ballot.” Cohen says, “if these laws [Voter ID] go into effect, minority youth voter turnout for of up to 700 thousand will be impacted.” The study finds those who will be impacted are “black, Latino, and Native American youth.”
If you think for a second that “those folks” won’t try anything under the sun to keep us from showing up on November 6th then you’ve got another thing coming…
Atlanta area resident Martin Luther King the III, in an exclusive interview at the Democratic National Convention said, “It is imperative that we create the climate for everyone to vote…My dad often said, ‘A vote less people is a powerless people.’”
Congressional Black Caucus Chairman, Emanuel Cleaver has done the math with his statistics revealing, “If 2 percent of the [black] vote is suppressed in Ohio and in Pennsylvania, President Obama will lose. And if one percent in North Carolina is suppressed Obama can lose.”
Here is how the staggering numbers break-down state by state.
The NAACP has compiled information on every state. 6 million blacks are eligible, but not registered to vote. Here is a small sampling of the numbers of blacks eligible and not registered to vote:
Georgia – 484,231
California – 240, 695
Alabama – 234, 732
North Carolina – 409, 323
Ohio – 256,000
Virginia – 268, 091
Texas – 381, 916
Florida – 398,710
Louisiana – 287, 402
Illinois – 229, 834
Mississippi – 255,910
Michigan – 239, 433
Pennsylvania – 204,036
If you have not done so yet, PLEASE make sure you are eligible to vote in your state! Go HERE to register!
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