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WeVote and Arrive with 5

The Dallas Examiner | 4/27/2015, 5:10 p.m.
In the joint election on May 14, 2011, Vonciel Jones Hill, Dwayne Caraway, Carolyn Davis and Tennell Adkins each won ...

The Dallas Examiner

In the joint election on May 14, 2011, Vonciel Jones Hill, Dwayne Caraway, Carolyn Davis and Tennell Adkins each won their respective seats on the Dallas City Council with less than 3,000 votes each.

As of March 31, there were over 40,000 registered voters in each of the following districts: 3, 4, 7 and 8 respectively, according to the Dallas City Secretary’s Office. Following are the number of registered voters for each of the four Dallas City Council Districts:

District 3 – 43,608 – Vonciel Jones Hill current City Councilmember

District 4 – 44,993 – Dwayne Caraway current City Councilmember

District 7 – 40,529 – Carolyn R. Davis current City Councilmember

District 8 – 40,925 – Tennell Adkins current City Councilmember

These numbers tell us that, if you add up all of the residents in those four districts who actually exercised their right to vote, it would total less than 10 percent of just one of the districts.

We cannot let this happen in the May 9 election.

We hope that beginning Monday, the first day of early voting, residents of the city of Dallas will take advantage of what so many have sacrificed for, the right to vote. Early voting ends May 5.

Don’t just vote for yourself, take five with you, or ensure that you talk to people and encourage them to vote. Let’s not send our representatives to the City Council with only a few votes. Let’s send a message that we are engaged and are concerned about our community. We can only do this by voting.

The Dallas Examiner has hosted Monday Night Politics–Meet the Candidates to provide an opportunity for the community to become informed about the candidates. We have published articles in the newspaper and online about each political forum at http://www.dallasexaminer.com. During our Monday Night Politics–WeVote, we hosted a national spokesperson on voting and engagement to speak to our community and launch the “Arrive with 5” campaign in Dallas. Dallas residents can sign up at http://www.bit.ly/1aGrO6H.

The following nonprofit, nonpartisan organizations continue to be our sponsors:

• African American Museum

• Urban League of Greater Dallas Young Professionals

• Dallas Black Chamber of Commerce

• Dallas Chapter of the NAACP

• Dallas Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.

• Metropolitan Dallas Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc.

• Alpha Sigma Lambda Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity

• Theta Alpha Chapter of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity

• Dallas Alumni Chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi

• Iota Phi Theta Fraternity Inc.

• Omicron Mu Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority

• Dallas Association of Realtists

• KHVN

• Pan Hellenic Council

Additionally, the Monday Night Politics forums have inspired many other groups to have political forums. The more conversations we have the more people will become engaged.

Our forefathers did the hard work – they marched, put their lives in danger, and some were murdered.

All we have to do is go to the polls and vote and “Arrive with 5” with us or ensure that five people we talk to go and vote. We have early voting from April 27 to May 5 that allows us to vote on our own schedule if May 9 is not convenient for us.

On May 10 we want to be able to publish a large increase in the number of votes cast. Remember, if you don’t vote, you don’t count.

Join the conversation. Send your letters to mbelt@dallasexaminer.com.