Early voting numbers seem to be bearing out what political analysts have told the AFRO in recent weeks: African Americans are determined to get President Obama re-elected.

In a memo released Oct. 31, the Obama campaign’s national field director, Jeremy Bird, said the photos taken at polling places and the data mirror what the public polls have been showing all year, that “African Americans are committed to doing everything they can to re-elect the President.”

African Americans registered an historically high turnout last year—2 million more voters than 2004. But 2012 is already promising to exceed those numbers, Bird said.

“In 2012, we’re going to see these records break once again en route to re-electing President Obama,” he predicted.

Among the promising signs, 83,155 more African-Americans have already voted this year than had at this point in 2008, Bird said. More African-Americans age 24 and younger are voting this time than in 2008, and the same is true among African America voters between the ages of 25 and 34. In both cases, their share of votes is outpacing their share of the voting population.

And early voting turnout among African Americans is up most dramatically in battleground states, registering 17 percent or more hikes in Ohio, Virginia, Florida, Iowa, Nevada, Colorado and North Carolina.

That robust turnout is likely to continue into Nov. 6. According to the Obama campaign, African-American voter registration is up dramatically since 2008 in every battleground state. Registration was especially high in places like Colorado, where it increased 20 percent, Iowa (13 percent), Nevada (12 percent) and Florida (10 percent).

Among those registered voters, 85 percent say they will “definitely” vote.

“The African American community is solidly and overwhelmingly behind President Obama,” Bird said, “because they know he is fighting for all of us, not just some of us.”


Zenitha Prince

Special to the AFRO