2018 Black Voters-The Orlando Times
What Does 2018 Mean For Black Voters?
BY DEVIN HEFLIN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Black Farmers are receiving unfair wages and even unfair treatment on their land. The forty-fifth President has pardoned men who threatened federal authorities and fired rounds at police officers. Black men, women and children are being murdered in the streets by law enforcement and arrested in public places.
As these issues remain ever relevant, how relevant remains the Black vote? Are Black voters voting? Are newer, younger Blacks registering to vote?
As the 2018 election nears, the 2020 Presidential election looms and 2019 will mark the precise four hundred year period that the enslavement of Afrikans in America began, what do Black voters stand to gain and what new political voices are sounding off for their gains?
A new poll due to be released by the independent political organization BlackPAC sheds light on the motivations of Black voters.
Conducted by former Obama and DNC pollster and strategist Cornell Belcher and his firm, Brilliant Corners Research & Strategies, the poll of 1,000 Black voters in the battleground states of Missouri, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Virginia, Michigan, North Carolina, Illinois, and Florida aims to “examine the factors essential to a Democratic wave in the 2018 elections,” according to a memo from BlackPAC. But it accomplishes much more than that, providing valuable insights on the role of race and racism of Trump’s presidency, and the partisan destiny of the country even beyond 2018.
The poll finds Black voters in dire self-reported straits. Over half of those surveyed believe the economy is getting worse, and over 40 percent believe they are falling behind economically. Only one in 10 Black voters in the survey sample believe they are getting ahead economically, and that sentiment holds broadly across age and education groups. Over three-quarters of all Black voters believe the country is generally heading in the wrong direction.
That directionality is reflected by what Black voters see as a trend of increasing racism over the past few years. Eighty-nine percent of Black voters believe racism in the country has gotten worse since 2016, the same proportion believes racism is prevalent in America, and over half believe that one of the key shifts in American politics has been a renewed attack on Black Americans.
Of course, many of those perceptions are linked to Donald Trump, who in this sample faces an 84 percent disapproval rating, and whom a similar amount of Black voters think is racist. But the overall perception of a country spiraling into a new nadir of racism is also reinforced by personal experiences with racism. Eighty-one percent of all Black voters say they experience racism, with 40 percent saying they experience it often.
2018 marks a year of midterm elections, as eleven seats, including Governor are up for election. Florida, like many states, witnesses a drop off of voter participation in the off years that there are no votes for the President of the United States.
Florida’s Primary election is scheduled for August 28, 2018, followed by the General election on November 6,2018.
The deadline for a new Florida voter registration is 29 days before the upcoming election. The 29-day deadline also applies to a person already registered to vote in Florida who wishes to change party affiliation.
Although there is no deadline for making an address change within the State of Florida or within the county, it is best to change your address well in advance of the election so that you will receive your sample ballot in the mail.
The countdown leaves potential voters with eleven days left in July to register to vote before the Florida Primary and subsequent General election.