Black voters march their way to the polls on the last day of early voting

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Black voters march and sing their way to the polls on the last day of early voting

About 150 mostly African-Americans marched down Seacrest Boulevard in Boynton Beach on Sunday afternoon, before many joined the line at Ezell Hester Community Center to vote during one of the two “Souls to the Polls” events in Palm Beach County.

They walked the 10 block distance from St. John Missionary Baptist Church in order to join the crowd under an oak tree grove on the county’s final day of early voting. As the smoky aroma of barbecue wafted through the air, the sounds of gospel music echoed over the sound of gospel music.

The second took place at the Wells Recreation Center in Riviera.

Boynton Beach’s mostly middle-aged population listened intently as speakers urged them to continue President Barack Obama’s legacy and vote for Hillary Clinton as Democratic nominee.

Rae Whitely, activist, said at one point that it wasn’t about her, and gestured to the children on the stage. “It’s all about them.” This is why we are here.

Polls show a gap in enthusiasm between older and younger African-American voters when it comes to Clinton.

Retired school principal Revia, 70, said that today’s youngest voters have not had personal experience in the fight for civil rights and fighting for equal rights for women.

Lee, who lives in Boynton Beach, said that millennials have not seen the same things as women her age. “I support Hillary because it is the first time a woman can run the United States.

Andrea Bowdry (55), a Delray Beach resident, said that “we older African-Americans have a greater awareness of the stakes.” Trump could make us go back to the dark days of the 40s and ’50s.

Nathaniel Whilby (33-year-old Lantana resident) wasn’t buying it.

Whilby said, “I don’t know who I should vote for as a black male in America”, despite only having two days to decide his decision. “People have given me a thousand excuses not to vote for Trump, but not one reason why I should vote Hillary.”

Others in the crowd were young men who said that they had voted for Clinton or planned to vote for her, but were skeptical about her ability to work with Washington’s establishment.

Bo Barber, 32 of West Palm Beach, said that it’s not Hillary, but frustration with the process. “I feel like no matter who the president is, they won’t get much done.”

Marie Elysee (29 years old) was one of few younger voters who passionately supported Clinton.

She said that she has two boys, ages 10 and 12, and that she wanted them to become Hillary Clinton’s children.

A “Souls to the Polls” event at the Wells Recreation Center in Riviera Beach brought many people to the municipal complex. As voters waited inside, 60 people sat in a long line around the building.

Volunteers spent the morning visiting homes and churches to encourage residents to vote on the last day of early voting. Ken Bowers, the founder and director at Operation Hope, Inc., provided vans to transport approximately 25 people to the recreation centre.

Bowers stated, “I believe it’s crucial that people come out because changes are occurring in our world today.” “We must continue to build on the legacy that President Barack Obama left, and we need to do so. … We are committed to working together to improve the country.

Bowers stated that he would bring more people to the polls before early voting ends Sunday night at 7 p.m.

He stated that his main goal was to get people out of their homes (to vote). We make a difference. It’s not possible to talk about it. It’s not possible to talk it.

The event featured music and food, as well as a bounce house for children. Howard Robinson, a 53-year-old Riviera Beach resident, cast an early vote to support Hillary Clinton. He said that issues such as race relations and benefits for veterans were important to him.

He said, “You can’t complain about the wrong person getting in there if it’s not your turn to vote for them.” “Everybody is complaining about the situation, so do something about it. You have the right to vote.

According to the State Division of Elections, 6152,681 Florida voters had voted by mail or early ballots up until Saturday. With 2,435,699 votes cast, Democrats have beaten Republicans by 2,403,177. The total number of voters without party affiliation was 1,165,139.

According to the state figures, which don’t match local ones, Palm Beach County saw 357,055 voters cast ballots on Saturday for the Nov. 8, 2008 election. They could vote by mail-in or early.

According to the Palm Beach County Supervisor for Elections, Saturday’s turnout was 20,101, which is just behind Friday’s record of 20,763, on Saturday.

Through Saturday, Republican requests for mail-in ballots were lower than those from Democrats. They stood at 41,255, compared with 68,105 for Democrats. There were also 25,818 unaffiliated voters.

The state’s early voting results showed that Democrats led Republicans 101,258 to 61.598 with 47.825 votes compared to those without party affiliation.