Black Men United want higher voter turnout

Posted at 6:17 PM, Apr 05, 2017
and last updated 2017-04-05 19:17:05-04

Black Men United holds forums to discuss issues of North and South Omaha, but to also teach people the impact of going to the polls.

"The local election and the national as well, people are pretty discouraged about that."

That discouragement is something Black Men's United Willie Hamilton says he wants to change.

"Most people feel disenfranchised, most people are tired of Washington, DC, most people are tired of Donald Trump and don't feel the need to go out and vote."

Voter turnout in District 2 and 4 was very low.

"They are tired of all the rhetoric and nothing getting done."

"People say I can't trust these candidates, I don't even bother to vote.

So Hamilton says he's working to show people the impact of voting by inviting candidates to speak at forums in their community.

 "We have to find new ways to energize people to want to go to the polls and vote.

He says hopefully through educating people those low numbers will increase.


"It may not reflect on this particular cycle but in the future I think it will."