World News – US – In Louisville, calls for racial justice come to the polls


LOUISVILLE, Ky (AP) – Frustrated by what she felt was inadequate justice for her daughter’s fatal shooting, Breonna Taylor’s mother on Tuesday joined an effort to lead the fight to the polls

« Vote because she can’t, » pleaded Tamika Palmer as protesters gathered for a « Protest to Power » trailer at the polls on the first day of early voting in Kentucky

Holding a mail-in ballot in her hand and flanked by family members and local activists, she joined a parade of cars, trucks and buses in the predominantly black West End of Louisville , with the aim of obtaining the vote in the largest city in the state

Organized by the Louisville Urban League, the Kentucky NAACP and many other activist organizations, the caravan was greeted with cheers at the Kentucky Center for African American Heritage, one of four polling stations open to voters near three weeks before polling day

Louisville has been rocked by protests over the death of Taylor, a black woman who was shot multiple times by police in a botched drug raid in March After a summer of protests that put her name on On the lips of celebrities and activists nationwide, protests continued after a grand jury charged an officer with gratuitous endangerment in September over the shooting But no officer has been charged for his death

Anticipating a record turnout on November 3, election officials across the country urged voters to vote early Sadiqa Reynolds, Louisville Urban League CEO, reiterated the call, urging protesters to see the vote as a way to force tangible change for black Americans

« This is the one that really matters, » she added. « We should never find ourselves in the situation we find ourselves in today, where the people who turn their backs on us to power ignore our voice « 

After Jefferson County Clerk Bobbie Holsclaw’s initial plan contained just eight polling stations, bipartisan backlash led to expansion County added 12 more sites to distribute polling stations across the county of around 600,000 Heritage Center expansion made it easier for voters like Kylan Crawford to vote

Crawford, 62 and a lifelong Louisville resident, witnessed the scene on Tuesday afternoon with pride Although he voted relatively quickly, he stayed behind for the party atmosphere of the trailer, amplified by loud dance music and food trucks He liked to see protesters at the polls, he said, because voting is the best way to bring about reform

« That’s what I call a healthy turnout, » Crawford said « This is how you make changes You don’t have to go out here and burn (things) »

Jasmine Sutton was concerned her mail-in ballot had yet arrived In Kentucky, mail-in ballots must be postmarked by November 3 and received by November 9 onwards, but Sutton doubted that sending her ballot in the mail gets it in by the deadline Instead, she pledged to slip it into the Kentucky Center for African American Heritage drop box She hopes other young black voters will do the same

« If they really want to make a difference, they would come and vote, » she said. « If they’re not here for a reason, they don’t care »

Hudspeth Blackburn is a member of the Associated Press / Report for America Corps Statehouse News Initiative Report for America is a national, nonprofit service program that places journalists in local newsrooms to report on secret issues

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