Understanding The Power Of Black Vote And How To Make Each Vote Count – Your Black World

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By: Victor Ochieng

Following the increase in last-ditch electoral shenanigans ahead of  Election Day, many black folks have raised some very legitimate concerns on whether their votes will actually count. This concern has been inflated by the increased number of voter registration applications that are getting rejected and even removed from voter rolls. And the occurrences over the past two weeks has even led some to assuming that the elections have already been rigged.

However, Arisha Hatch, the director of Color of Change PAC, say that is not reason enough to sit this election – or any other election – out. Speaking to NewsOne this week, Hatch said, “I like to think about it as if we’re all on a sports team: There are people whose job it is to score goals and someone whose job it is to protect the goal. And when it comes to elections, your job is to go out and vote, and there are teams of lawyers who are the goalies.”

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Hatch also said that she and members of her racial justice organization are here to help energize and inspire the discouraged citizens. She said that, “It’s valid to have those concerns, given the history of attempts to suppress Black voters.”

She said that she and her organization have put in place massive armies of political organizers and volunteers to campaign, as they knock door to door to help convince those who are not sure of going to cast their ballots. These troops have particularly been put to ensure that they seek out individuals who either rarely vote or never vote at all. She also added that there was a contingency plan in place, for when voters get to the polls Tuesday to vote.

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Nonetheless, she also affirmed that in case of any problem, there were lawyers, plus other resources ready to ensure that voters are able to exercise their rights to cast a ballot. In this regard she pointed to the Election Protection hotline, 866-OUR-VOTE, that is overseen by the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law.

NewsOne writes that, “Despite all the apparent suppression efforts toward Black voters, in particular, have already been seen in Georgia, there was still reason to believe things could go smoothly. Chief among them is the lawsuit filed against Georgia election officials for the unusually high rejection rate of absentee mail ballots cast by disproportionately minority voters. The election was taking on a special significance for Black voters in the Peach State because Stacey Abrams could make history there and become the first African-American woman governor in U.S. history.”

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The power of the Black vote is not deniable and cannot be ignored. African-Americans were very instrumental in Andrew Gillum’s victory in the primary election in August for Florida governor.

Hatch has emphasized that she and Color of Change are working hard to sway apathetic voters, as they talk to them about the power that voting has in helping them achieve some of the things they dream of.

https://newsone.com/3834634/black-voter-turnout-2018-midterm-elections/

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