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“Vote Baby Vote” and “Voting is People Power,” c. 1970.
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So Twitter is buzzing right now about the fact that only 4.7% of African Americans voted yesterday. However, CBS News reports that the number is approximately 10%. Better, but still a problem. In real numbers, that is about 4 million Black voters out of 40 million+ Black Americans.
Why didn’t you vote? Answer anonymously and leave your location.
NOTE: To answer anonymously just use a fake name/email address if you are asked for one.
UPDATE: Someone mentioned in the responses that my stats were off. I agreed the info and link below provides more details.
“African Americans” is a trending topic on Twitter right now, thanks in large part to tweets repeating the claim that only 4.7% (or, in some tweets, 4% or 5% or 10%) of blacks bothered to vote yesterday.
But it’s not true. None of it is anywhere close to true.
The real number is about 34%.
Official stats on voting by race aren’t kept, but from exit polls, vote totals, and census information, you can estimate this stuff pretty well. About 38% of the voting age population of the United States turned out to vote in yesterday’s election. There are about 26.5 million African Americans of voting age in the United States. According to exit poll data, blacks made up about 10% of the total electorate this year. About 90 million people voted in this election, and if 10% of them were black, that makes 9 million. Nine million is 34% of 26.5 million.
In other words, about a third of black adults voted this year, a percentage that’s only slightly lower than the population as a whole.
So where did the 4.7% thing come from? A tweet posted yesterday evening seems to be the source. That tweet, as you can see, is only about Wisconsin, and the guy who tweeted it later clarified that he was only referring to Wisconsin’s 1st Congressional District. Source