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As election day nears, Northeast Ohio's Black community energizes around the vote

Kareem Henton, co-founder of the Cleveland chapter of Black Lives Matters knows what’s at stake for the black community in Cleveland in this election

OHIO, USA — This year it seems the campaigns come with controversy -- and the country is divided -- right in the middle of a pandemic.

Voting is essential -- and the Cuyahoga County Board of Elections wants to make sure everyone knows it's safe, too.

"We want to make sure everyone knows that it's very safe to go and vote on election day if that's the method they chose,” said Mike West with the Cuyahoga County Board of Elections.  

"Voter education is really simple, registration, chose your voting method and vote,” says West.

The focus for voters can be all about what's most important, deciding the candidates and the issues. Come November 3rd.

Kareem Henton, one of the co-founders of the Cleveland chapter of Black Lives Matters knows what’s at stake for the black community in Cleveland in this election.

“This is not a vote for Joe Biden that you see folks energized and going out and to the polls, it's not a vote for Biden, but a vote against Trump, that's what you're seeing,” says Henton.

He adds, "It’s just reflective of the urgency people have because they want to save what's left of this country in the wake of having a president just who has been so destructive to the core and fabric of what's good about this country."