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Locals aim, work to increase black voter turnout

Posted: 5:01 PM, Sep 08, 2018
Updated: 2018-09-08 20:01:46-04

All eyes are on Nevada with big midterm elections now less than 2 months away. Now the black community leaders are working to increase voter turnout.

The Color of Change Political Action Committee is holding a weekend long event at The Orleans Hotel and Casino to think of ways on how to get more people to the polls.

Over a hundred people from Las Vegas and California attended, wanting to mobilize black voters for the upcoming midterm elections.

Some of the issues they want voters to consider in making their pick - better education and community policing.

Organizer Patrina McKinney says, "We know how to talk to black voters better than anyone else so we're taking the lead and the charge... We want to be having conversations with them on why the governor's race is important. Why the AG race is important. And why they need to get involved."

Black voter turnout declined 4.7 percent between 2012 and 2016. These local leaders want to change that this fall by going door to door, making phone calls, and creating a text brigade.

One of the attendees, MJ Ivy says, "Don't think that your vote doesn't count. It counts. But if you discount yourself. You discount the rest of us."