Former Florida gubernatorial candidate Andrew Gillum sat down for an interview where he revealed that he's mobilizing Black voters to the polls ahead of the 2020 elections.
Gillum withdrew his concession to former Republican Rep. Ron DeSantis in the Florida governor's race just hours after the secretary of state announced a recount of their race and two others due to the numbers being very close.
DeSantis ultimately won the election, but reports of voter suppression and other unsavory tactics have tarnished the outcome, and Gillum is working to ensure that in 2020, the cheaters are not victorious.
"We still have a long way to go for full participation in the process. Young people are still voting at half the turnout of their older peers," Gillum told Blavity. "If young people by themselves, 18 to 25-year-olds, decided to really vote their strength, there isn't an election in this state that we couldn't decide."
He is urging the community to exercise their right to vote, although he says he understands the skepticism surrounding the system:
"It's a catch 22. While you don't feel like you're seeing the change that you want to see happen in your community and so you don't participate in the process, but people who do get to participate and choose who leads then are the ones who, quite frankly, get their needs addressed," Gillum explained. "That's why the kind of policy that we see flowing from our elected officials in my state is so conservative … because those communities who sit at the crosshairs of the impact are not the ones who are necessarily deciding who goes into the office."
Gillum has already launched a voter registration campaign to make sure that there are people on the ground who are actually engaging with constituents and discussing their concerns prior to the elections.