Low African American voter turnout affecting San Antonio

Low African-American turnout

San Antonio has seen record voter turnout during early voting, but across the nation, African Americans are not heading to the polls like they did in 2012 and 2008.

Michael Jefferson, a San Antonio resident, says he doesn't have a candidate who inspires him to vote.

“I feel like [Donald Trump's] not someone I would want to be in office,” Jefferson said. “I feel the same way about [Hillary Clinton], too.”

The 22-year-old did vote in 2012, casting his first ballot for President Barack Obama.

“If I had a chance to re-vote for Obama, I would,” Jefferson said.

Other non-voters we spoke to say race isn't why they voted last time, and it's not why they're staying home this time.

“[The last presidential election] wasn't really an ugly election, even though people had negative things to say. But to each his own,” Beverley Stevenson said. “This is very ugly.”

Although the two presidential candidates aren’t the most likeable, low voter turnout in the African American community might have to do with the ability to cast their ballot. In Ohio, early voting hours have been cut back. And voting restrictions in other states have affected areas with large minority populations.

Those who have voted in San Antonio say they never miss a chance to vote.

“Two reasons: One is because I'm a woman, and because I’m black,” Pamela Spears said.

She reminds people in her community that the Voting Rights Act was passed in 1965 to guarantee that she and the rest of her community the right to vote.

(© 2016 KENS)


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