Groups make final push to inspire minority voters
Posted November 6, 2016
Updated November 7, 2016
Raleigh, N.C. — With only two days left until Election Day, early voters have turned out in record numbers in North Carolina, but there is still a push to get minority voters to cast their ballots.
The minority vote during the 2016 early voting cycle has been one of many hot topics and many groups on Sunday were still trying to boost that vote before Tuesday.
According to the North Carolina Board of Elections, there are more than 1.5 million registered black voters in the state and 18 million nationwide. Although the nationwide number of black voters has increased over the past decade, political analysts said they don’t expect the same turnout at the polls in comparison to the 2012 election.
That information is not deterring the NAACP.
"We've been scheduling rides with churches and citizens to take people to the polls on Tuesday morning. They will be there bright an early at 6:30 a.m.," said Rev. Portia Rochelle. "We believe that there will be a great turnout on Tuesday. Why? Because we've done our best to educate people on their rights."
When it comes to Hispanic voters, early voting is up 75 percent compared to 2012. According to the Board of Elections, more than 165,000 registered voters are Hispanic, which is 50,000 more than in 2012.
"We just want to get that culture of civic participation more entrenched in our community," said Angeline Echeverria with the group El Pueblo
El Pueblo worked their last day of phone banks on Sunday to get out the vote.
“We hear that the issues they care about are similar to those of other North Carolina voters, so things like education, housing, immigration is clearly a concern for Latino voters,” said Echeverria. “We hear the gamut of the same sort of issues that other North Carolinians care about.”
Echeverria said language barriers are a concern for many Spanish speaking voters at the polls.
Both El Pueblo and the NAACP said part of the challenge in bringing people to the polls has been educating voters following the ruling that state lawmakers had adopted election laws that were intended to be discriminatory.