By Eddie Griffin
Tuesday, November 04, 2008
The long anticipated Election Day has come to a reckoning. This is the day for which we went to battle. Defeat is not an option.
I will continue to fight this uphill battle for Barack Obama and our political allies in one of the “reddest counties in the reddest state”, as Tarrant County, Texas has often been called. Up until the polls close at 7 p.m., I will put out yard signs for my choice candidates.
Even at this early hour as the polls open, election officials anticipate a high voter turnout of an unheard-of 80%. But if you survey the African-American community, you will find almost everybody has already voted. Maybe that was why there were no long lines outside my precinct polls. They voted early.
This is a community that normally records voter participation somewhere between 1% to 6%, depending on the year and the election. Instead of maxing out at 1,000 voters, we are sending about 80,000 to the polls in this election.
If John McCain wins Texas, he will have to play catch-up all day. We have an underestimated head start.