Posted Sept. 18, 2008 – If you haven’t yet registered to vote or are thinking you might not get out and vote in November, the Rev. Al Sharpton has a few words of warning for you: "We'll never have this opportunity again."
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Sharpton, head of the Harlem-based National Action Network, has been fairly low-key during this political season, but as Election Day nears, he has ramped up his call for everyone wanting change to kick it back into gear.
“What we've got to tell people is what's at stake; that we're dealing now with the new unemployment. Unemployment is higher than it's been in four years; we are seeing the education and health care of our people as worse than it ever was. …We can not afford to not vote," Sharpton told NNPA. "On top of that, we've never been this close. As African-Americans we've never been this close to a qualified African-American who represents the right thing. If he didn't represent the right thing and he's wasn't qualified, there wouldn't be anything to be excited about. But, we will never have this opportunity again in our lifetime, and we can't flow with being complacent."
Some recent polls show Sen. John McCain slightly ahead of Sen. Barack Obama. Click here, if you haven’t registered to vote.