Minority voters have power to change upcoming election


Minority groups such as Hispanic and African Americans have found themselves at the center of political campaigning from both Republican and Democratic presidential candidates. Photo courtesy of Politico.

Adrienne Deslongchamps, Co-Editor-in-Chief

During this election season, Super Tuesday fell on Tuesday, March 3, 2020.

Super Tuesday is the day when most states (such as California, Texas, and Virginia) hold contests for voters to pick a presidential nominee for their political party, according to The Washington Post.

Super Tuesday is a game-changing day for presidential candidates because they have the chance to win a large number of delegates who will vote for them at their party’s national convention later this year.

Nearly 40% of the United States’ population had the chance to vote for their presidential candidate of choice this past March 3.

The importance of voting bears repeating — the ability to participate in our government and decide the future of our nation is part of what makes us Americans.

That’s why we should be thankful that, in preparation for the upcoming election, voting facilities and information centers have been expanding across the nation — particularly in marginalized communities.

The increased effort to involve and shine closer attention on the voices of minorities in our election process foretells a brighter, more inclusive future for America.

For example, according to NPR, Native American tribes in North Dakota have brought up a lawsuit to loosen their state’s voter identification requirements before the 2020 election.

North Dakota requires voters to report a residential street address — however, residential roads in Native American reservations are often nameless and homes numberless.

Their case will appear before the court in May, purposefully scheduled to be before the general election — let us hope that the ruling is in line with our American ideal of equality.

The same particular attention has also been allotted to black voters this campaign season.

Having the minority vote is especially important for the Democratic presidential candidates — it will determine who will be in it for the long haul for the presidential nomination and who will drop out.

According to NPR, even President Trump has been targeting black voters in his reelection efforts — a demographic with which he is largely unpopular.

Trump plans to open 15 field offices in African American communities in cities such as Detroit, Cleveland, Milwaukee, and Miami.

At these “Black Voices for Trump” centers, black voters will be able to learn more about his policies. 

On the Democratic side of the issue, the results of Super Tuesday and the South Carolina primary possibly signify that Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden has the support of black voters across the nation.

According to AP News, Biden won states such as Virginia, North Carolina, Alabama, and Tennessee — southern states with large black populations.

“You can’t win the Democratic presidential nomination without winning the South, and you can’t win the South without the black vote,” said Melanie Campbell, president of the National Coalition on Black Civic Participation.

Finally, Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders has been paying particular attention to Latino voters this election season — that much was made clear when he visited our city of El Paso on February 22.

At the rally, Sanders spoke about issues that are sensitive to our border community, such as with the following quote:

 “We will end the demonization of the immigrant community… we will end all of Trump’s racist immigration executive orders… we will reestablish the legal status of all the 1.8 million young people and their parents eligible for the DACA program… we [will] begin the process of making certain that federal agents do not snatch babies from the arms of their mothers or throw children into cages.”

The results of the Nevada caucus — which Sanders won — may also indicate that he holds the Latino vote across the nation, according to NBC News.

Although Biden won Texas in the Super Tuesday primaries, Sanders won the El Paso County Democratic primary vote, according to The El Paso Times.

Sanders received 36% of the votes in El Paso County’s Democratic presidential primary, while Biden received 28% of the votes.

The final results of Super Tuesday for the Democratic presidential candidates are as follows according to The New York Times:

Joe Biden now stands at 433 total delegates, having won Alabama, Arkansas, Maine, Massachusetts, Minnesota, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Texas, and Virginia. 

Bernie Sanders now stands at 388 total delegates, having won Colorado, Utah, Vermont, and California. 

Elizabeth Warren now stands at 36 total delegates. 

Although Super Tuesday is a monumental day for each of the candidates, it does not necessarily reflect who the final presidential nominee will be.

Most states still have not been given the opportunity to vote in their primaries or caucuses yet.

The fate of each of the candidates is still subject to change in the oncoming months leading up to the general election.

Remember that your vote has the power to change the presidential election and change the future of America — and if you voted in the Texas primaries, your vote already has.