LAS VEGAS (AP) — Civil rights leaders at the NAACP's annual convention worry that black voters won't show up at voting booths in November this year.
Black voting turnout hit records in presidential elections during Barack Obama's presidency but dropped sharply in 2010. A wave of newly elected Republicans passed several laws targeting voter fraud after those elections that critics say make it harder for minorities to vote.
During a panel discussion at the civil rights organization's conference in Las Vegas, black political leaders worried that their community could see a repeat of 2010 unless more voters were mobilized. Speakers urged delegates to tell their neighbors about the importance of local and state elections that draw less attention than the presidential contest but can be more significant.