Will more black men show up to polls this November? - WALB.com, South Georgia News, Weather, Sports

Will more black men show up to polls this November?

ALBANY, GA (WALB) -

If you want to vote for President in November, you have to be registered by Tuesday.

There's one group that has a significantly lower voter turnout rate than other demographics, black men.

Right now, 63 percent of eligible black men in Georgia are registered to vote compared to 76 percent of black women and 75 percent of whites.

As the deadline nears in Georgia to register for the November election, more students at Albany State University, including black males, are registering to vote.

"It's my civic duty to vote. My ancestors fought hard for this and for me not to vote and to go out there and cast my ballot will be a slap in the face to them," said ASU student Phillip Tanks.

New data from the US census Bureau and Georgia Secretary of State shows black men voted at drastically lower rates than other groups.

In 2008's general election, 70,000 more black women voted than black men.

One ASU student believes he has the answer of why that may be.

"We (men) just go with the flow for the most part. We have that attitude where, "if it happens, it happens. If it doesn't, it doesn't." So we have to get out of that mindset as black males. We should be leading and not following and that's what we're doing," said ASU student Kevius Bass.

ASU's SGA President Clarence Washington says more young black men and other students are registering to vote because of issues that directly impact them.

"We have big issues coming up such as healthcare, Pell grant and all of those different things that affect students directly and they want to make sure their voice is heard," said Washington.

"Get out there and vote man. Let your voice be heard," said Tanks.

Tanks wants the public to heed his words and as he believes voting will make a difference in the future.

Click here to confirm your voter registration status.

Copyright 2012 WALB.  All rights reserved.  

  • More WALB News10 HeadlinesMore News HeadlinesMore>>

  • Thomasville celebrates 97th annual Rose Show & Festival

    Thomasville celebrates 97th annual Rose Show & Festival

    Thursday, April 26 2018 2:46 PM EDT2018-04-26 18:46:31 GMT
    The Rose Show and Festival is a celebration of Thomasville's rosy history and heritage. (Source: WALB)The Rose Show and Festival is a celebration of Thomasville's rosy history and heritage. (Source: WALB)
    (Source: WALB)(Source: WALB)

    The Rose Show and Festival is a celebration of Thomasville's rosy history and heritage. It's now the 97th year the show has been held in the City of Roses.The Rose Show started in Thomasville in 1922, and vegetables, not roses, can be given credit for its beginning.

    More >>

    The Rose Show and Festival is a celebration of Thomasville's rosy history and heritage. It's now the 97th year the show has been held in the City of Roses.The Rose Show started in Thomasville in 1922, and vegetables, not roses, can be given credit for its beginning.

    More >>
  • Thomasville crews keep rose garden beautiful

    Thomasville crews keep rose garden beautiful

    Thursday, April 26 2018 2:44 PM EDT2018-04-26 18:44:16 GMT
    (Source: WALB)(Source: WALB)
    (Source: WALB)(Source: WALB)

    When many visitors come to Thomasville, they love to stop by the beautiful rose garden. The garden is located off Covington Avenue and is maintained by the city.

    More >>

    When many visitors come to Thomasville, they love to stop by the beautiful rose garden. The garden is located off Covington Avenue and is maintained by the city.

    More >>
  • Thomasville parade to focus on volunteer work

    Thomasville parade to focus on volunteer work

    Thursday, April 26 2018 2:42 PM EDT2018-04-26 18:42:00 GMT
    The Rose Show parade is centered around that, with the theme, "Helping Hands: A Celebration of Community Volunteers." (Source: WALB)The Rose Show parade is centered around that, with the theme, "Helping Hands: A Celebration of Community Volunteers." (Source: WALB)
    (Source: WALB)(Source: WALB)

    Folks in Thomasville said volunteer work is the backbone of the community. Volunteering stretches back to Thomasville's inception when local churches first provided a support network for early Thomas County settlers.

    More >>

    Folks in Thomasville said volunteer work is the backbone of the community. Volunteering stretches back to Thomasville's inception when local churches first provided a support network for early Thomas County settlers.

    More >>
Powered by Frankly