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Politics: African-American’s Get An Early Start

Posted on: October 26, 2008

On the heels of the most historic presidential election ever, Americans are taking advantage of early voting. Especially African-Americans:

Americans are voting early in large numbers this year — and African-Americans in several states are turning out in disproportionate numbers. Some fear that polling places in predominantly black neighborhoods will be overwhelmed by a record turnout on Election Day. Others are voting early to be certain the chance to elect the first black U.S. president doesn’t slip away. Lorene Smith was in her twenties when she marched with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. as a member of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee. She witnessed first-hand all kinds of history-book images — the fire hoses, police dogs and flailing billy clubs. Now, at 65, she has graying hair and a bad back that prevents her from standing too long. She is taking no chances with a ballot she once believed could never be cast — a vote for an African-American presidential candidate.”We gonna have two little black girls in the White House running up and down the hallways to find their dog,” she said as she voted Tuesday

Indeed, this is the proudest moment for many Americans. This election is responsible for the largest youth voter turnout and African-American voter turnout, the two which were largely absent in many other elections. If you are in a state which allows for early voting, go out and cast your ballot. You never know what may come up on November 4th.

“Be the change you want to see in this world”- Gandhi

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