Updated: Oct 24, 2020
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DEEP FOCUS NEWS With early voting to start on Oct. 19 and the General Election on Nov. 3 the final call to vote is here. Black Leaders and social justice organizations across Volusia County are calling on Black voters to get out and vote. Only eight-percent of Black voters in the county voted during the August primary. On Oct. 16 the Volusia County Minority Elected Officials held a press conference at the Supervisor of Elections Office in DeLand stressing the matter. Several current and former politicians spoke on the importance of voting especially pertaining to the African-American community and population. Speakers included: Volusia County Councilwoman, Barbara Girtman; former State Representative and County Councilwoman, Joyce Cusack; former Circuit and County Judge, Hubert Grimes; Minority Elected Officials Executive Director, Mario Davis; West Volusia NAACP President, Mike Williams and more. Grimes stated, "Your vote is important. Don't let anyone tell you that it is not. I am setting an example today by turning in my ballots. I want you to vote. I encourage you to vote." The Supervisor of Elections, Lisa Lewis ensured voters that it is safe to vote at the polls and they wouldn't be intimated. She also spoke on safety measures in place for the COVID-19 pandemic.