Tue., October 9, 2012 4:00pm (EDT)

Last Day To Register To Vote In Georgia
By Orlando Montoya
Updated: 2 years ago

SAVANNAH, Ga.  —  
Democrats are facing various obstacles to get supporters to vote. In comparison with other groups, black men vote at a lower rate. (photo The Ocean)
Democrats are facing various obstacles to get supporters to vote. In comparison with other groups, black men vote at a lower rate. (photo The Ocean)
Today is the last day for Georgians to register to vote in this year's general elections.

Democrats are swimming against a host of factors keeping one of their key constituencies from getting to the polls.

African-American men vote at much lower rates than other groups.

Just 63% of eligible black men are registered voters in the state, compared to about 75% for black women and whites.

Richard Shinhoster of the Savannah branch NAACP says his group registered 3,000 voters by this week's deadline.

"It would have made a difference if black men would have gone to the polls in greater numbers," Shinhoster says. "But I think that we also must take into consideration that many black men were not available to vote because of their involvement in the criminal justice system."

More than half the state's 275,000 disenfranchised felons in Georgia are black.

Shinhoster says education and general disatisfaction with politics are other big factors adding to the voting disparity.

"The President of the United States looks like every other black man," says Shinhoster. "We think that has been positive, especially among young black males."

Still, only 63% of eligible black men are registered voters here, compared to about 75% for black women and whites.

Crime and education play roles in the disparity.

More than half the state's 275,000 disenfranchised felons are black.