Black leaders in community encourage minority vote

Black leaders in community encourage minority vote

Leaders from 15 organizations initiated a campaign Thursday to encourage voters of color to get to the polls Nov. 6 by giving them rides to their polling locations.

The African American Council of Churches is offering rides to the polls, and asking people to take friends and neighbors to #vote, as well. “There are no excuses” to not vote, says Ruben Anthony, president of @ULGM. #news3

— Rose Schmidt (@RoseSchmidtTV) October 25, 2018

The effort, spearheaded by the Urban League of Greater Madison, is in response to statistics that showed black voter turnout dropping by nearly 20 percent in the 2016 election, according to organizers.

“Our votes count, and we matter,” says a representative from the @NAACP. #news3 pic.twitter.com/amKTLK843e

— Rose Schmidt (@RoseSchmidtTV) October 25, 2018

They said that they are hoping to energize voters of color by cooperating with communities to register individuals to vote and give them rides to the polls.

“I challenge everybody in here today that you not only come out and vote yourselves, but make a commitment to bring somebody else out to vote,” said Dr. Ruben Anthony of the Urban League of Greater Madison.

Organizers call the campaign an “unparalleled effort.”

.@ULGM and Black leaders in the Madison are encouraging communities of color to vote in the November election. “They’re trying to isolate us from the rest of the world, and I wonder what’s going to happen to our democracy.” #news3 pic.twitter.com/tN2vMlsYXL

— Rose Schmidt (@RoseSchmidtTV) October 25, 2018

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