Democratic vice presidential nominee Kamala Harris encouraged students at historically Black colleges and universities (HBCUs) to vote during a campaign appearance in Atlanta on Friday (October 23).
“Joe Biden has the ability running for president to speak the term ‘Black Lives Matter’ in a way the other fella does not,” Harris told students during a question and answer session. “Let’s not let anybody take our power from us, because the reality is when we vote, things change and when we vote, we win.”
Harris, a senator from California, is a graduate of Howard University, one of the 101 HBCUs in the U.S.
More than 50 million Americans have cast ballots in the presidential election, an early-voting expert said on Friday, signaling a potential record turnout out for the Nov. 3 matchup between President Donald Trump and challenger Joe Biden.
According to Michael McDonald of the University of Florida’s Elections Project, at least 52 million people had cast ballots in person or by mail 11 days before Election Day.
That is 22% of all eligible U.S. voters. McDonald and other experts predict the election could set a modern turnout record, surpassing the 60% participation rate of recent presidential elections.
The massive early-vote total gives the Republican Trump less leeway to change minds before voting concludes.
Opinion polls show him trailing Biden, a Democrat, both nationally and, by a narrower margin, in several battleground states that will decide who sits in the White House on Jan. 20, 2021.
(Production: Katharine Jackson)