African-Americans Your Voice & Vote Count … Only If You Go to the Polls!

VoteStory By: Darwin Campbell,

African-American News&Issues

After only getting a low voter turnout in Dallas County, Dallas Commissioner John Wiley Price and the political “Blue Team” have got to figure a way to get African-Americans to understand the power of voting in every election.

We still have not learned our lessons about voting,” Price said. “All politics is local and it is unacceptable to allow things to go down the way they are now.

According to Dallas County statistics, Dallas County Democrats turnout only 5.79-percent of the vote, while Republicans had a 10-percent turnout at the polls.

What is it going to take to get our attention in the Black community about voting power,” he said. “People need to understand that when they have local civil cases, criminal cases and other challenges, President Obama cannot help you.”

The results on Tuesday offer a big clue about the speed at which Texas will be shifting from solid red to bright purple or how soon it will turn blue.

November is the biggest election that stands to make history is Texas, if African-Americans, Hispanics and the LGBT communities can put together a strong coalition of voters to overthrow the roaring Rick Perry, Greg Abbott, Ted Cruz Tea Party train.

If African-Americans don’t energize the ballot box, that disrespectful Texas Tea Party Train will continue to roll on and run right over Blacks and keep going.

What part of “left behind” don’t you understand?

Since 1990, Texas Republicans have cast more ballots in six primaries — 2012, 2010, 2006, 2000, 1998 and 1996, state election records show.

Democrats had higher turnouts in six primaries as well — 2008, 2004, 2002, 1994, 1992 and 1990, records show.

Democrats are trying to break the nation’s longest losing streak in races for statewide office, but are going to need to rally huge forces out of apathy and malaise and get them excited and behind Democratic Gubernatorial nominee Wendy Davis.

Davis is seeking to be the first female elected governor since Democrat Ann Richards. She was elected governor in 1990.

People have got to understand the power of coalition politics,” Price said. “If people won’t stand up and stand together, we are all up against the wall.”

During his analysis of the primary, Price has concluded that the challenge ahead is to rid the party of personality politics and help people understand what is at stake in November.

Dallas County is a shining star for Democrats in Texas. It is one of the party’s prized Blue counties and has led to voters providing friendly places to run for office for Democratic candidates.

However, that control of the county seat and courthouse has not come without its challenges. The county is the target of Republicans who want to turn Dallas back to Republican control.

Keeping that momentum is incumbent upon African-Americans united together and supporting the party and coming out and voting in every election.

The lack of enthusiasm for voter turnouts in mid-term and off-year elections takes its toll with the election of more Republican candidates, thus chipping away at the power blocks in every position in county governments statewide.

Harris County has the same problem with voter turnout among African-Americans. During its recent Democratic primary, only 2.7-percent of voters cast ballots in the primary, about 53,736 or the county’s two million registered voters. Republicans posted a 7-percent turnout for its party primaries.

New regiments of candidates may win primary races, but they don’t often understand what it takes to rally and unite a party of voters for the general election,” Price added. “Many have no knowledge of politics and what it takes to compete and Republicans take advantage of that and use it.”

He added that Democratic candidates must start now to unite and learn to combine, consolidate campaigns and use the talent around them to build on.

One of his main concerns and battleground areas for Democrats could be in the State Senate.

If Wendy Davis wins and her seat in Fort Worth opens, it will create and all out war for the seat with the opportunity for Republicans to have a “Super Majority” in the State Senate.

It that Super Majority ever comes to past, Republicans do not have to recognize us,” he said. “People need to understand what this means for voice and representation in Black and other minority communities in Dallas County and across the state.”

He said that could be the next trend if African-Americans don’t wake up and get involved in politics and government.

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