Voting Early

Eddie Shedrick, 49, of West Tampa, volunteers for Rev. Scott's campaign for mayor outside of the C. Blythe Andrews, Jr. Public Library on East Dr. MLK, Jr. Blvd. 

Eddie told me he registered to vote the year he graduated from high school, and has voted (and had jury duty) every year since. 

According to the US Census in 2008, younger citizens (18–24) had the lowest voting rate. I asked Eddie if he had any ideas how to increase voting among the younger population, especially among young black men. 


Eddie replied he has no idea. "I don't know how to reach them. If they would only listen and react like we did...they're gonna get what they always got." 


"I wish they'd get out to vote," he added. "We have the college students, but we need the others."

Early voting continues at various locations through Saturday.

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