Early Voting Shows Divisive Politics Will Fail

YASMINA CHAVEZ

Both presidential campaigns have made significant efforts to get their supporters to cast early votes. From Florida to Nevada, voters have swarmed polls across the nation. Here in Georgia over 1 million people have cast their ballots early.

According to a recent Washington Post poll, President Obama receives support from over 80% of non-white voters. His campaign has to be pleased by the strong early vote totals of non-white voters. In swing state North Carolina, turnout among African Americans and young voters are up by almost 25% over 2008. Democrats are outvoting Republicans in two other swing states – Nevada and Ohio. Turnout in key Democrat counties in both states are up significantly.

Even in Georgia, which is seen as a safe Republican state, turnout is up for non-white voters. Through Saturday, white voters made up less than 60% of votes cast for the first time in history. This percentage may rise, but the Republican Party should take notice in Georgia and around the country.

The diversification of this country is not ending, rather it is just beginning. A 2010 Smithsonian.com story reports that minorities currently make up approximately 30% of the United States population. That number is expected to exceed 50% by 2050, which means “minorities” won’t be in the minority anymore.

The political parties and candidates that embrace these changes will be the ones who succeed. Those who are able to create coalitions among groups who have different interests will succeed. On the other hand, those who dig in and alienate these groups with divisive policies will fail.