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They aren't doing anything for my people ... Why one African American is not voting today

Published:Tuesday | November 8, 2016 | 12:43 PM
In this Octover 24 file photo, people vote at a polling station on the first day of early voting in Miami-Dade County for the general election in Miami.

Carolyn Sinclair, Gleaner Writer

Twenty-four-year-old African American *Ricardo Brown is among youths in the United States who say they have no intentions of voting in today's presidential election.

His reason: "They aren't doing anything for my people." 

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, who is seeking to make history by becoming the first female president of the United States and Republican representative Donald Trump, have been on the campaign trail trying to win the hearts of youths and undecided voters.

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"Why should I vote?" questioned Brown, a South Florida resident with Trinidadian ties.

"Everyone was all riled up when Obama came in and look, everything is the same. I told my mom that she would soon see and now she just keeps quiet," Brown said.

He continued that his friends have been asking him to vote, but that has not changed his mind.

IN PHOTO: A child watches as a polling worker waves over an early voter to an open booth at the Franklin County Board of Elections.

"A friend of mine, told me that he went to vote, but instead ended up just signing without selecting a candidate."

Brown, who says he majored in Marketing at the Strayer University in Florida, believes the media have hyped up the election.

"Without the media and the Internet, the US elections would be nothing here, everyone is just going about their business, most persons don't care," he said.

IN PHOTO: Hillary Trump on the campaign trail

Brown is among the group in the electorate termed millennials.

The Pew Research Center defines the mellenials as people between the ages 18  and 35.

IN PHOTO: Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump holds up a Donald Trump mask during a campaign speech

They make up 31 per cent of the overall electorate but just under half voted in the previous presidential polls in 2012, pointing to a level of apathy some experts believe could continue.

There have been concerns by the Clinton and Trump campaigns about how to engage the youth and mobilise them to turnout today.

* Name changed on request.