Special to the Trice Edney News Wire from the Louisiana Weekly
(TriceEdneyWire.com) - Black voters wait longer to cast ballots, discouraging them from voting, according to a study released by the Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies in Washington, D.C.
The report, titled “Reducing Long Lines to Vote,” reported African-Americans waited an average of 23 minutes to vote compared with 19 minutes for Hispanics, 15 minutes for Asians, 13 minutes for Native Americans and 12 minutes for whites.
The Joint Center, led by Spencer Overton, a George Washington University law professor, has released its report just prior to the 2016 presidential election and President Barack Obama encouraging African-Americans to vote for Hillary Clinton, the Democratic Party’s nominee for president.
During the Congressional Black Caucus Dinner Sept. 17 in Washington, D.C., President Obama told the black-tie audience that it would be a personal insult to his legacy if the Black community lets down its guard and fails to activate itself in the election.
There is a push to get a strong Black-voter turnout for Clinton. The New York Post released a recent poll showing that a growing number of African-Americans prefer Donald Trump, the Republican nominee for president, to Clinton, but Clinton still holds an overwhelming lead among African-American voters, according to a CNN poll that has her at 90 percent.
Clinton, in 1996, called Black teens super predators in a speech supporting the 1994 Violent Crime Control and Law Enforcement Act. That act, signed by her husband, President Bill Clinton, was a tough-on-crime legislation that sent a lot of Black men to prison. President Clinton also pushed through the North American Free Trade Agreement that has cost Black workers thousands of good-paying jobs.
Until recently, Trump said President Obama was not born in the United States to delegitimize Obama’s presidency.
The Joint Center said one study estimated that long lines deterred at least 730,000 from voting in the 2012 presidential election.
In Florida, a key state in the presidential election, wait times averaged 42 minutes compared with wait times of six minutes in New Jersey.
Florida’s Miami-Dade County had the highest percentage of people of color. In Miami-Dade, 85 percent of voters had voting wait times that averaged 73 minutes after the polls closed.
Citrus, the Florida county with the lowest percentage of people of color, had no lines when the polls closed, the Joint Center reported.
(TriceEdneyWire.com) - Without a doubt, women will play a critical role in the presidential election this year. In 2012, women overall had a higher voting rate (64 percent) than men (60 percent),according to the U.S. Census Bureau. However, the most powerful group of voters will be African-American women. In both the 2012 and 2008 presidential elections, Black women voted at the highest rate of any racial, ethnic or gender group. Four years ago, 74 percent of eligible Black women went to the polls.
The next president cannot win without the support of Black women. But despite our political power—or because of it—our voting right is under siege. Today, more than 30 states have introduced voter suppression legislation, with laws passing in 14 states and laws pending in 8. For example, in North Carolina, where Black women made up more than 23 percent of registered women voters in 2012, a League of Women Voters-led lawsuit successfully resulted in a federal appeals court overturning a controversial law that sought to restrict early voting and eliminate same-day registration. Other voter suppression laws enacted by states make it significantly harder for millions of eligible voters to cast their ballots by requiring that voters present government-issued photo IDs in order to vote, cutting early voting hours, taking away the voting rights of ex-criminal offenders, and requiring proof-of-citizenship documents in order to vote. While there have been several key victories to overturn these challenges in recent months, the struggle for full voting rights remains.
Rather than become discouraged, we must use these voting restrictions as motivation. Recently National Voter Registration Day was observed nationwide as an nonpartisan effort to register thousands of voters in a single day in communities and online. When millions of women head to the polls in November, they will elect the entire U.S. House of Representatives, decide who will fill one-third of the seats in the U.S. Senate, and determine many gubernatorial races. Nationwide, thousands of races and ballot initiatives will be decided. But nearly a quarter of all eligible Americans are not registered to vote, including disproportionately high numbers of young adults, minorities, low-income Americans and those who have recently moved. These are the groups most at risk of being affected by voting restrictions. With so much at stake for all of us this election year, now is the time to ask our family, friends, neighbors and coworkers if they are registered to vote and if their voter registration is up-to-date.
The stakes in this election are especially high for Black women and political candidates that want to earn our votes must address the issues that matter most to us: affordable health care, living wage jobs, college affordability and criminal justice reform.
To me, voting is a key form of taking action on the issues that affect our lives. It was the tragic events on June 17, 2015 that awakened my inner activist. On that day, my mother was sitting in church in Columbia, S.C., when a shooter walked into a church two hours away and systematically murdered nine people.
The Charleston shootings awakened my commitment to standing up for the rights of others and the underserved. And it awakened my desire to engage in the important conversations on the issues that define our society. That commitment is also what led me to the League of Women Voters.
For nearly 100 years, the League of Women Voters has worked tirelessly, day in and day out, to ensure that all eligible voters—particularly those from traditionally underrepresented or underserved communities—have the opportunity and the information to exercise their right to vote. For many Americans, the League is synonymous with candidate forums, voter guides and election protection.
There is still work to be done. Regardless of party affiliation, now is not the time for us to rest on our laurels. Now is the time to make our voices heard, to awaken the activist inside each of us, and the most powerful way to do that is to vote. The next president cannot win without Black women.
Visit www.VOTE411.org to register to vote and get information on early voting options, voter ID requirements and candidates running for state house office or higher in every state.
Spencer Overton, President/CEO, Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies
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By Wylecia Wiggs Harris
President Bill Clinton was in Cincinnati’s Washington Park on Elm Street on October 14, just minutes away from the county’s Board of Elections offices, while campaigning for Hillary Clinton and urging Ohioans to vote early.
Clinton told about 1,000 people who had come to see him speak in Washington Park that, ”If you feel that America is going to hell in a hand basket and want a divisive, distracting, demonizing president to lead it there, then vote for Donald Trump. If you have a positive outlook about our country and want to help people, then vote for Hillary. Personally, I feel our best days are ahead of us.’’
While campaigning in Ohio for Hillary Clinton, Bill Clinton highlighted the economic contrast he delivered during his Stronger Together bus tour through Eastern Ohio last week -- making the case to Ohioans that Trump is not on the side of working families and is too dangerous to their pocketbooks to be handed the reins of the economy. President Clinton urged Ohioans to go vote for Hillary and to support her agenda to build an economy that works for everyone, not just those at the top.
“The outcome of this election will affect your life,’’ he said.
Clinton had another one of his famous one-liners, one he attributed to an old friend. He said, “If you don’t want the driver of your truck to drive off the cliff, then don’t give him the keys,’’ he said of Trump.
He also praised the diversity in the Hamilton County Democratic ballot, noting it looked like a mini-United Nations.
His visit to Cincinnati came on the heels of Hillary Clinton's largest rally of her campaign at the Ohio State University in Columbus where she energized more than 18,500 young people. President Obama was also in Ohio campaigning for Hillary Clinton just minutes from the Cuyahoga County Board of Elections where people can vote early, encouraging Cleveland residents to vote.
Rev. Damon Lynch, Jr., Pastor, New Jerusalem Baptist Church
The Cincinnati Herald urges you to vote FOR Issue 44 (our public schools), FOR Issue 52 (our Great Parks), and FOR Issue 53 (children's services). WE ENDORSE HILLARY CLINTON FOR PRESIDENT!
A half a century after Dr. King made his infamous “I Had a Dream’’ speech, Samuel DuBose was shot for missing a front license plate in Cincinnati. While our nation has made strides towards racial equality, our community is still fighting to have a fair shot at what every American wants: economic security and an equal chance at success.
Race still plays a significant role in determining who gets ahead and who gets left behind in America. I am proud to stand with Hillary Clinton because she will fight to change that.
Hillary Clinton has been a longtime advocate for the African American community. As a law student, she volunteered at New Haven Legal Services to provide legal assistance to low-income communities. As First Lady of the United States, she championed early childhood education and supported the creation of Early Head Start, a national program that provides comprehensive services to at-risk young children and their families.
Wylecia Wiggs Harris, PhD, CAE, is the Chief Executive Officer of the League of Women Voters of the U.S.
Former President Bill Clinton speaks to and greets supporters of his wife Hillary Clinton’s campaign in Washington Park on Oct. 14. Photo by Dan Yount
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Ray Tensing, followed by his attorney Stew Matthews, enters the courtroom in a pretrial hearing on October. 14 Photo provided
Ray Tensing, a former University of Cincinnati police officer who has been charged with murder in the fatal shooting of Samuel DuBose made a brief court appearance on October 14, with unprecedented tight security at the Hamilton County Courthouse.
Tensing faces trial Oct. 25 in the fatal shooting of unarmed DuBose, 43, during a July 19, 2015 traffic stop near campus in Mt. Auburn.
Tensing, 26, was indicted last year on charges of murder and voluntary manslaughter in the incident that was captured on his body camera. Tensing has pleaded not guilty and remains free on a $1 million bond.
If convicted, Tensing will face the possibility of 15 years to life in prison.
The trial is expected to increase local apprehensions and draw national attention in the wake of fatal encounters of Black individuals with police officers throughout the country. Cincinnati police are restricting time off for officers Oct. 31-Nov. 19 in preparation for possible civil unrest following the trail.
Court officials said 222 people have returned summons saying they could serve on the jury. Around 1,000 juror summons were sent out, officials said. More than 100 potential jurors have been excused for mandatory excuses and 239 optional excuses. About 100 individuals asked to delay their jury duty.
Stew Matthews, Tensing’s lawyer, is still attempting to have the case tried out of town, saying he does not think Tensing can get a fair and impartial trial in Hamilton County.
Tensing pulled over Mr. DuBose for driving a vehicle with a missing front license plate. Following a confrontation, he shot Mr. DuBose in the head. Tensing's attorney has said the former officer feared being dragged under the car as Mr. DuBose tried to drive away.
Hamilton County Prosecutor Joe Deters said at a press conference announcing the indictment of Tensing that he is so outraged over the incident he will assist in Tensing's prosecution.
Deters released video showing the shooting of Mr. DuBose' captured on Tensing’s body camera when he announced the indictment. He has said he thinks Tensing lost his temper because Mr. DuBose wouldn't get out of his the car.
"When you see this, you will not believe how quickly he pulls his gun and shoots him. It's so senseless," Deters said.
UC officials announced Tensing was fired the day he was indicted.
The shooting prompted university officials to initiate a voluntary reform that has dramatically changed the way the campus police department operates.
According the Greater Cincinnati Police Museum records, Tensing is the first law enforcement official charged with murder in the Tri-State.
State Representative Alicia Reece, center, hosted to opening of the Ohio Together organizing office for Hillary Clinton in Roselawn. Photo provided
Hillary Clinton volunteers joined Ohio Democrats to open Ohio Together organizing offices in Mount Healthy and Roselawn on October 3 and October 4, respectively. The new offices will build upon the existing organizational advantage for Ohio Together, the grassroots organization working to elect Clinton and Buckeye Democrats up and down the ballot.
At the office openings, supporters contrasted Clinton’s plans to build an economy that works for everyone, not just those at the top, with Donald Trump’s agenda that would benefit wealthy people like himself and could cost the Ohio economy 123,000 jobs.
To join Ohio Together and learn more about the events in Ohio, supporters can visit hillaryclinton.com/OH. To follow the Hillary for Ohio events on Twitter, use the hashtag #OHHillYes.
The offices are at 7618 Hamilton Avenue, Mount Healthy, and 1725 Section Road, Cincinnati, Ohio
Blacks wait longer to vote
As Senator of New York, Hillary Clinton repeatedly championed legislation to ban racial profiling, cosponsored legislation to help prosecute hate crimes, and advocated for eliminating racial disparities in the healthcare system. From championing the Paycheck Fairness Act to consistently supporting minority owned small businesses, Hillary worked tirelessly to strengthen African American communities across the country.
Unlike Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton has thought-out policy proposals to address the social and economic disparities that too many people in our community still face. A recent study found that, on average, African American households hold just 6 percent of the wealth of the average White household. This is why Hillary Clinton is determined to fight for more take-home pay so that African Americans can get ahead and stay ahead.
Our young people deserve to reach their full potential. This is why Hillary is calling for universal preschool for all 4-year-olds in America. She will also continue to make high-quality secondary education a priority, in order to dismantle the prison-to-school pipeline and fix our failing high schools. Her New College Compact will ensure that the cost doesn’t hold anyone back from attending college, and will dedicate $25 billion to low-cost private schools like HBCUs.
Hillary Clinton’s first major speech during the campaign addressed the importance of reforming our criminal justice system. From calling for an end to the era of mass incarceration, to encouraging the use of police cameras, to opposing private prisons, Hillary has laid out a vision to help fix our system. The fact is, African American men are far more likely to be stopped by police, charged with crimes, and sentenced to longer prison terms than White mean. I trust that Hillary will work with our community to find common-sense solutions to address these disparities.
Hillary will also fight against Republican efforts to restrict our right from voting. She will repair the Voting Rights Act, set a new national standard for early voting, and implement universal, automatic voter registration.
Donald Trump has recently been making a disingenuous attempt to reach out to our community. However, 14 months of courting White supremacists, making racist comments about communities of color, and attempting to delegitimize our nation’s first Black president, we see right through Trump’s gimmick. He has shown us who he cares about, and it is not us.
A few weeks ago, I had the honor of hosting Senator Tim Kaine at my church. Instead of talking at us, Senator Kaine wanted to hear from us about the issues facing our community, and share Hillary Clinton’s plan help Black people have a fair shot at achieving the American dream.
Under President Obama, our nation has made a lot of progress, but we still have a long way to go. While Donald Trump has repeatedly said he wants to “take our country back,” Hillary Clinton will protect the progress we have made and fight to break down the remaining barriers holding us back.
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