The 2022 midterm elections are right around the corner and Black women voters have much at stake to make them show up at the polls.
According to NBC News, a new national poll shows nearly two-thirds (67%) of Black women voters are highly motivated to cast their ballots, as the cost of living continues to increase. These voters are also concerned with the protection of their reproductive rights and crime and gun violence in particular.
The online survey conducted by Change Research used 715 adult Black women voters through text message and web from September 29 to October 4. Respondents provided one word or phrase to describe Black female representation in politics before the midterm elections. The greater number of Black Women surveyed say they feel they’re “under-represented” or that “more representation” is needed.
According to a Pew Research Center report, the number of eligible Black voters is projected to reach 32.7 million by November with Black women representing 53% of that total.
“Food, gas, housing, and the cost of living overall,” Aimee Allison, founder and President of California-based, non-profit organization “She the People” said. “Part of that is being paid fairly, and earning a living wage. Women want to be able to live a life of dignity, and they want answers as to how elected officials in government can help them.”
This pivotal midterm election will determine which party will control Congress and statehouses around the country. Both major parties have many Black women candidates going after House seats. At this time, there are currently no Black women in the Senate after Kamala Harris, former California Senate, won the race for vice presidency.
“Black and brown women are arguably the least listened to, but most influential voters,” Allison said. “Having honest conversations gave us some sense of the pitfalls and possibilities of this coming election.”