Election 2020: Black Women Head to The Polls to Vote in the Primaries Informed, Engaged and Ready to Take Action

Glynda C. Carr
Feb 7 · 3 min read

The country’s first Democratic voters took to caucuses in Iowa this week to choose their preferred candidate for president. As of this writing, their top choices are former South Bend, Indiana mayor Pete Buttigieg, Sen. Bernie Sanders and Sen. Elizabeth Warren. This may shock those who thought there was one obvious choice for the nomination; but it shouldn’t. There are many strong candidates to choose from and voters are clear that this race is far from over.

Black women will play a particularly important part in the primary process, just as we have in recent elections. In special elections in 2017 and in the 2018 midterms, Black women voters cast ballots in significant numbers and won key elections for Democrats around the country. The first test of our power in 2020 will be later this month in South Carolina, where 50–60% of Democratic primary voters are Black — the majority of whom are women. These are voters who care about a range of issues such as healthcare, education, gun violence, and economic opportunity and you can bet that they’ll be listening closely to see where the candidates stand on the issues they care about before casting their ballots. Likewise, as Black women all around the country head to the ballot box, we’ll be doing our due diligence to select a candidate who reflects our values and best chance at prosperity for ourselves and our families.

Higher Heights for America wants Black women to be informed, engaged and take action leading up to and beyond Election Day. That’s why we’ve launched Where They Stand: Our Voices, Our Issues, a program designed to help Black women learn more about the candidates, where they stand on the issues most important to Black women and have an opportunity to directly hear from candidates themselves.

Black women will have a chance to hear directly from candidates who filled out Higher Heights’ questionnaire, which includes: Vice- President Joe Biden, Mayor Pete Buttigieg, Sen. Amy Klobuchar, Sen. Bernie Sanders, Mr. Tom Steyer, Sen. Elizabeth Warren and Mr. Andrew Yang. In the coming weeks and months, Higher Heights will continue to provide Black women voters with relevant information and provide opportunities for our members to participate in a webinar series with candidates.

You can view the candidate profiles and questionnaires here.

The road to 2020 is powered by Black women and we deserve a candidate who can offer solutions to our challenges. Higher Heights is uniquely positioned to ensure that Black women have the knowledge and necessary tools to make our voices heard in this election cycle.

Glynda C. Carr is President and CEO of Higher Heights for America, the only national organization providing Black women with a political home exclusively dedicated to harnessing their power to expand Black women’s elected representation and voting participation, and advance progressive policies. For additional information please visit http://www.higherheightsforamerica.org.

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