The Download | November 5th: Increase in the early ballots cast by Black democrats in FL. + Rihanna endorses gubernatorial candidate Andrew Gillum
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Despite typically low numbers during midterm elections, Black voters are already showing up to the polls. In the state of Florida– there has been an increase in the early ballots casted by Black Democrats.
According to the Florida Democratic Party, in 2014, 344,352 African American Democrats cast ballots early. In 2018, that number is 474,455 and that doesn’t include the Souls to the Polls events that happened across the state.
Singer and beauty mogul, Rihanna, took to Instagram endorse gubernatorial candidate Andrew Gillum. Rih Rih reminded her followers that the U.S. only had four black governors in its entire history and encouraged Floridians to make history and vote for Gillum.
Gubernatorial candidate, Brian Kemp is accusing the states democratic party of attempting to hack the state’s voter registration system and has opened an investigation. Kemp is the same candidate and state official whose been accused of widespread voter suppression.