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Equal Ground mobilizes to get out the Black vote for primaries, mid-term elections

By: - July 20, 2022 11:50 am

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Faced with dangerous laws approved by the GOP and attacks on democracy in Florida, the Equal Ground organization is mobilizing to turn out the Black vote for the critical primaries and mid-term elections.

Equal Ground, a Black-led, non-partisan and non-profit group, launched its new “2022 Vote for Black Lives Campaign” this week to increase turnout.

“As we are embarking on another contentious election cycle fresh out of this Florida session where the legislative process has stripped away 50% of black representation in Florida we must vote,” said Jasmine Burney-Clark, founder of Equal Ground, during a press call.

“In 2020 we made investments throughout Florida by way of registration and educational events; we also saw Black voters increase their vote by mail participation by 8.1%,” she added.

The press conference touched on many initiatives, but its main goal was to make sure that minorities know how serious it is for these upcoming elections.

“Over these last few years, our state leaders have passed dangerous laws that attack and threaten Black lives in exchange for their own political ambition, making Black voter participation even more critical to curving these progressive trends before and after the polls.” according to “Kristin Fulwylie Thomas, the Equal Ground managing director.

Tameka Hobbs, of Eward Waters University, spoke about why she joined Equal Ground’s initiative: She wants young minorities to be knowledgeable about how important it is to vote.

“Young voters make up 10% of the voting share. We must do everything we can to increase this number because laws that are being passed affect the next generation.”

Equal Ground plans to have several events to have people registered and get out to vote for the primary elections

The last day to register in Florida is July 25, 2022 by 11:59 p.m. Eastern time. Primary Election Day is Aug. 23,2022.

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