Black Voters Hitting Polls Early

Early voting big among African Americans
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 22, 2008 11:46 AM CDT
Durham for Obama volunteers Patricia Branch, left, and Paula Thompson, center, assist as Ralietha Ellis fills out voter registration forms outside a grocery in Durham, NC, Thursday, July 10, 2008.   (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)
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(Newser) – Black turnout isn’t just expected to be high this year; according to early voting records, it already is, the Wall Street Journal reports. African Americans account for 36% of early ballots in Georgia, for instance, despite making up just 29% of active voters. In 2004, blacks represented 25% of overall turnout. Yesterday, Atlanta voters stood in line for up to 90 minutes to cast their ballots.

One woman who’d marched with Martin Luther King Jr said she didn’t want to take any chances when it came to casting her historic vote. One lawyer said she’d never voted before, but said she wasn’t just voting based on race. “The fact that the most qualified candidate happens to be African-American is just an incredible thing,” she said, “A truly historic moment.”