Voters

Peter Haden / WJCT News

 A group of young professionals in Jacksonville is trying to get more young people to the ballot box.

Jacksonville banker Kemal Gasper says young voters in Duval County are largely written off.

“Jacksonville is a young city,” Gasper says. “Our median age is 35 years old. However, only 19.7 percent showed up in the last general election. Young voters are perceived as lazy, and that our opinion does not matter.”

Rhema Thompson

This year marks the 50th Anniversary of the Civil Rights Act, the landmark legislation that outlawed discriminatory voter registrations practices. But in Florida and Duval County, voting  among minorities remains disturbingly low, say a group of local leaders and activists.