|By Marc Morial
President & CEO, National Urban League
Fifty years ago, the Supreme Court said, â€œNo right is more precious in a free country than that of having a voice in the election of those who make the laws under which, as good citizens, we must live. Other rights, even the most basic, are illusory if the right to vote is undermined.â€
That basic principle stands today. Yet, voter suppression and disenfranchisement have undoubtedly been employed in states across the nation in the weeks and months leading up to the midterm elections next week.
Still, African Americans have a chance to again make history as in 2012 when we were the most powerful swing vote in the country. With majority control of the U.S. Senate â€“ and many of the issues impacting our communities most â€“ hanging in the balance, the Black vote could tip the scales. But we must vote at higher rates than many pollsters are predicting that we will.
Donâ€™t let anything keep you from the polls on November 4. The first step in ensuring our voices are heard is ensuring our votes are cast! For in-depth information about the impact of the Black vote, check out this new report from the Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies: Black Turnout & the 2014 Midterms.