Early Voting Numbers Show Promise

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Voter apathy in the African American community is not new. For many, many years African Americans voter turnout was always lower than normal. For instance, if voter registration statistics showed that African Americans made up 40% of registered voters in Fulton County, you could expect on Election Day that African Americans voters would make up only 35% of the total vote.

In November 2008, Black voters made up 30% of the total voters in the Georgia. It was the highest African American turnout in history. Most experts predicted that this record turnout was an anomaly and that it would not happen again.

Some of these same experts are saying that voter enthusiasm is down in the African American community. The reasons why vary. The novelty of a Black President has worn out. President Obama has not done enough to help the African American community. Black people are doing so badly economically, they don’t have time to go vote.

These experts were wrong in 2008 and it appears they will be wrong again – at least in Georgia. According to the secretary of state’s website, the current early vote numbers for African Americans in Georgia are trending to equal, or beat, the 2008 totals.

As of yesterday, October 17, Black voters are making up over 31% of the total votes cast in Georgia. If the current voting trends hold, that percentage will be almost 33% by the end of the first week of early voting. This high percentage was achieved without any statewide or competitive local races on the ballot to drive voters to the polls.

President Obama is not slated to win Georgia. However, if the high turnout among Georgia African Americans is any indication of what is happening around the country then we may be in for some surprises in Florida, Ohio, and Virginia.

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  1. Post Script | Tues., 10/30/2012
    What follows is a ‘Note’ I composed on my Facebook account. It’s relevancy to the underbelly described in “Early Numbers Show Promise” –AND– that I do my part in helping us to understand the IMPORTANCE of the 2012 Presidential election– mandated, that I post same here.

    At the Vancouver Peace Summit in 2009, the Dalia Lama proclaimed, “The world would be saved by the Western woman.” I believe this to be true but more specifically, because most women automatically extend compassion in all that we do; it is the quality of compassion or lack thereof — completely lost in our current day political mainstream–, which precludes the forward movement of mankind today. Government works for WeThePeople and not the other way around. Madness. This has got to stop for the sake of our grandchildren’s grandchildren. ~~

    Designed to begin a REAL TALK dialogue for change, my Facebook post “Just Thinking Out Loud” begins here:

    With less than 10-days before the 2012 Presidental election and just a little off topic to our current Facebook chatter– I’m thinking out loud here. Come join me for a moment.

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    It greatly saddens me that issues we’re hearing on the current day presidential campaign trail STILL somewhat mimick those portrayed in this film. The 2012 political storylines are a bit more sophisticated but the backstory is all the same. Why are we talking about this in 2012? And, which candidate do you believe will SPEAK UP FOR US WOMEN who have yet to find a voice? It was a woman’s intolerance of a personal tragedy which caused the character Abilene to give her testimony. Your thoughts please. ~djgTheMediaLady, Mon., Oct. 29, 2012