Voter apathy and disillusionment may be on the rise among low-income communities and communities of color. The economic recovery has been particularly harsh on communities of color and the 14.1% unemployment rate for Black Americans is nearly double that of white Americans. Some voters don’t have a strong opinion about Barack Obama and Mitt Romney, arguing that neither candidate is pursuing issues that matter most to their community. Furthermore, political impasse and infighting, coupled with an influx of negative political ads, leave these voters with an impression that there is little hope for progress in the future.
The Democratic and Republican Party candidates are promoting very different platforms. Today we are faced with a choice between at least two distinct visions. History has taught us that every vote is important. Election Day is an important opportunity to shift the balance from the wealthy donors that sponsored the campaigns back to us, the people who work to ensure the interests of these communities are not left behind. Most polls open today at 7 AM and close at 7 PM – but it is important to look it up, since the times can change depending on county. Don’t know where to go to cast your ballot? Vote411 can help.
It is critical that everybody votes today – both to make sure that our voices are heard and to honor the people throughout history who struggled to give us that right.
by Jessica Graham