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‘Inequality in America' Special Takes on Voting Rights, Suppression

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As Election Day approaches, News4 is working for you to examine efforts to suppress the vote in communities of color. 

A special broadcast called “Inequality in America: A Call to Action” aired Sunday morning and looked at voter suppression, your rights and how you can protect your vote.

We took a big-picture look at disenfranchisement over the decades and what we see now. 

Misinformation and disinformation campaigns are specifically targeting Black voters, working to confuse people into not voting, experts told News4. Diversity strategist Shireen Mitchell and NAACP organizer Wisdom Cole spoke about what to know and what to do.

Misinformation and disinformation campaigns are specifically targeting Black voters, working to confuse people into not voting, experts tell News4. Aaron Gilchrist and Tracee Wilkins speak with diversity strategist Shireen Mitchell and NAACP organizer Wisdom Cole about what to know and what to do.

Guests paid special attention to Prince George’s County, the largest Democratic voting block in Maryland. 

Voting rights advocates across Maryland are working to protect voters in Prince George’s County, which is majority Black and the largest Democratic voting block in the state. News4’s Tracee Wilkins looks at the mail-in ballot process, long lines and ballot rejections.

The NAACP and others are working to make sure your vote is counted. Check on your fellow voters, Lauren Poteat of the NAACP’s D.C. chapter said. 

Here’s info on what the NAACP and others are doing to make sure your vote is counted. Mail-in voting can be especially confusing. Check on your fellow voters, Lauren Poteat of the NAACP’s D.C. chapter told News4’s Aaron Gilchrist.

We ended on a hopeful note. Many seniors who usually work the polls decided during the coronavirus pandemic to stay home. Across the country, high school students — some too young to vote themselves — are stepping up to fill the gap. News4 spoke with 17-year-old election judge Rohan Rajesh.

Many seniors who usually work the polls decided to stay home during the coronavirus pandemic. Across the country, high school students — some too young to vote themselves — are stepping up to fill the gap. News4’s Aaron Gilchrist spoke with 17-year-old election judge Rohan Rajesh.

News4 began broadcasting “Inequality in America” after the police killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis in May 2020 sparked racial justice demonstrations worldwide.

News4 anchor Aaron Gilchrist led a discussion on racism, police and how Black Lives Matter became a movement. Watch it here in its entirety.
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