In the 2016 elections, Democratic primary turnout was just 14.4 percent in 2016 compared to 19.5 percent in 2008. Looking closely at turnout by demographics, 60 percent of voters who cast a ballot in the Democratic primary electorate were over the age of 45. In 2016, Clinton was able to secure the nomination in part because of lower voter turnout among young voters. Black voters under 30 were only 3 percent of the Democratic primary electorate in 2016, and Black voters over 60 were 7 percent of the Democratic primary electorate. The Democratic primary allows the boldest policy positions to take center stage, but communities that are most marginalized are consistently underrepresented in the primary process.
The Democratic primary allows the boldest policy positions to take center stage, but communities that are most marginalized are consistently underrepresented in the primary process.
Educate Black voters on the policy stances of leading candidates in the Democratic primary.
Target younger Black voters in the electoral process to demystify the presidential election process.
Create space for political debate around national policy while centering the vision for Black lives.
Further position Black organizations as the messengers for the Black electorate.
The Electoral Justice Voter Fund is committed to ensuring that a bold leader with a progressive vision is elected in November 2020—which means that the Democratic primary is more important than ever.
While EJVF has not yet chosen a candidate in the Democratic primary, we deeply believe that it is our duty to provide the Black electorate with accurate information to choose the candidate who most represents their visions for their communities. This is why we are launching the 2020 Black People’s Caucuses.
The primary elections present a unique opportunity to ensure that issues important to our communities are centered. The Black vote will be crucial to the success of any candidate; thus, EJVF is working to ensure that every candidate is offering policies that directly impact our material conditions.
The Black People’s Caucuses will be
anchored by a local M4BL
organization. They may
be local or statewide.