With just a few days before Tuesday’s United States presidential elections, Caribbean American New York City Public Advocate Jumaane Williams is appealing to Caribbean voters to “get rid of Trump” by electing US Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden and his Caribbean American Vice Presidential running mate Kamala Harris.
“Trump’s administration has caused incalculable damage to our communities, and particularly our marginalized communities,” said Williams, the son of Grenadian immigrants, who is also running for re-election, in an email message to constituents.
But he said the fight isn’t over after one election.
“With new elected leaders, we have a chance to push for progress in addressing climate justice, fixing the inequities in the criminal justice system, re-imagining public safety, and making sure all of us have access to the basic necessities of housing, food and healthcare,” Williams said.
“Let’s make sure our movement continues to be strong right here in New York City. I’m proud to be advocating with all of you, and I can’t wait to continue that fight through November, and beyond.
“I’m running for re-election to be the People’s Advocate, and I’m fighting every day to make sure that the voice of the people will always be heard,” Williams said.
As long lines snaked around polling sites in New York City, Williams called on the city’s Board of Elections to establish more polling sites to accommodate the flood of voters.
“Across the city, thousands of people waited hours in line to cast their ballot on the first day of early voting. This demonstrates energy, enthusiasm and engagement from New York voters. The turnout today surprised and inspired me,” Williams told the Caribbean Media Corporation (CMC).
“I encourage New Yorkers to take advantage of this opportunity to cast your ballot at the best time for you, while also reducing the expected strain on the system November 3. This is our opportunity to vote for a government that reflects and represents the needs of our communities.”
But, even as some of them are running in uncontested races in the November 3 general elections, Caribbean American legislators in New York have been urging nationals to vote in what they describe as, perhaps, the most important US presidential Elections in their lifetime.
“In our lifetimes, we have heard before, ‘this is the most important election ever’, but never has this been truer than this 2020 election,” said veteran New York State Democratic Assemblyman Nick Perry, the Jamaican-born Democratic representative for the 58th Assembly District in Brooklyn, New York in a CMC interview.
“I firmly believe that four more years of (Republican President Donald J.) Trump in the White House will see the destruction of America’s democracy, as we know it, and as the founding fathers tried to create,” added Perry, who is running unopposed in the November 3 general elections.
“After only four years, one would have to be totally blind to not see and hear the awful noise of the breaks and cracks of our Democratic system of government that no one imagined could have occurred.
“I urge everyone to not only vote for Joe Biden for President but to continue down the ballot on the Democratic line and create not a blue wave but a blue tsunami that will reverberate across the nation,” he urged.
New York became one of the last states to permit early voting after the State Legislature last year approved it, with Democrats taking control of both chambers – the Senate and the Assembly.
In a message to Caribbean American voters last week, Williams had urged the Caribbean community to “make a plan” for how they’re going to vote.
He said Caribbean nationals could vote via absentee ballot, which should have been submitted by Tuesday; early voting, which ran from Saturday and ends on Sunday; or in-person on Election Day, November 3.