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Black voters: race not a factor



Letisia Lennon, 29, has never felt the need to register to vote.

But this year, she not only registered, she followed through and cast her vote at the Pinellas Supervisor of Elections office this morning.

Lennon, who is black, said she resents comments that she is only voting for Barack Obama because they share the same skin tone.

"Not  everything has to do with color," she said. "It's a big election. A lot of things need to change.... I would have voted for HIllary (Clinton) if it was Hillary."

Marquita Kendrick, 24, also African-American, said she, too, had bigger issues to consider than race.

"I have a son now," she said as she carried her 4-month-old from the elections office. "Before I really didn't care If I voted or not, but now I have to worry about my child and what the world will be like for him. It's too important not to vote."

Cristina Silva, Times staff writer


[Last modified: Wednesday, May 26, 2010 11:39am]


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