Black turnout falls in early voting, boding ill for Clinton

Black turnout falls in early voting, boding ill for Clinton

I think African-Americans have been engaged since the very beginning of the campaign. A 2013 Supreme Court decision that overturned certain provisions of the Voting Rights Act allowed states like North Carolina to implement restrictions that cut down on early voting.

In Florida, fears about black voters' diminished interest in the presidential election have been borne out by the uphill efforts of the National Coalition on Black Civic Participation, a nonprofit organization that works on voter education initiatives and other strategies to increase African American engagement the democratic process.

Electing the first black president in USA history in 2008 and securing his reelection four years later inspired heavy turnout among black voters in both elections.

The FBI said on Sunday it still believed no charges were warranted against Democrat Hillary Clinton after finishing its review of newly discovered emails related to her private server, lifting a cloud over her presidential campaign two days before the US election.

County elections board chairman Bill McAnulty said he was labeled a sellout and a traitor by fellow Republicans after he approved the opening of a Sunday voting site for Black churchgoers to cast their ballots after service.

"Unaffiliated" voters were ahead of their same-day totals by a significant 37.7 per cent.

In North Carolina, where presidential candidates Hillary Clinton (D) and Donald Trump (R) are in a tight race, black turnout is down 16 percent from this point in 2012, while white turnout is up 15 percent.

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But black community activists remain optimistic. There's a similar phenomenon in North Carolina, compounded by Republican challenges to voter registration.

Mr Toussaint Romain, an Assistant Public Defender for the state, sprang to fame when he was photographed standing between angry crowds and police in September trying to calm tensions in the wake of the shooting of a black man by a police officer.

The black vote is the Democratic Party's most loyal, most reliable base.

The radio show has a largely black audience.

After reading that one in five North Carolina homes have no access to the Internet, noting that they are disproportionately African-American or Latino, Clinton said emphatically, "I want to fix that", continuing that those families are left out of so many economic and educational opportunities as a result.

"It's all about the ground game - about getting the voters out" Dr Bitzer said.

The former secretary of state will then headline four rallies on Monday, a much more jam-packed pace than she has kept for most of the campaign.

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This election was "like nothing I have ever seen, " Dr Bitzer warned. "We know that most people are driven by deadlines", he added, "and we will see, as we have seen in this campaign at every point, a ramp-up in activity and in engagement from us as the deadline approaches".

At times, the strategy has been used to deflect criticism off of his administration, like in the 2012 election, when affluent Americans not paying their "fair share" were turned into the reason our economy wasn't recovering.

Michael Bitzer, a professor of political science at Catawba College, said the racial composition of the early-voting electorate in the state so far is off from 2012. "But we distinguish that from the importance of the vote".

Booker (D-N.J.) was one of several surrogates of both parties who, like the candidates themselves, are fanning out to battleground states this weekend in advance of Election Day. Gov. Mr Trump, buoyed by his poll numbers, is himself descending on North Carolina on Thursday to campaign. Mr. Obama said to wild cheers and tears. In this election, it was "difficult when you are choosing the lesser of two evils".

Tell your friends I "personally asked you to vote", Obama said. Additionally, 89 percent of black voters are in favor of comprehensive immigration reform.

Obama isn't anxious about loyalty, though - he's anxious about enthusiasm and turnout.

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