Make your voice heard by voting in the March 5 election. (Courtesy photo)

Black voter turnout is alarmingly low and community leaders are urging African Americans to participate in the Tuesday, March 5 election by submitting ballots today at any of the voting centers located throughout L.A. County.

“It’s critically important that Black people make their voices heard by voting in this election,” said Danny J. Bakewell, Jr., president of The Bakewell Company and executive publisher of the Los Angeles Sentinel. “Being apathetic doesn’t help anyone and we can’t take the right to vote for granted. In fact, 60 years ago, people literally died so African Americans could vote,” he noted.

“Make yourself a committee of one and ensure that every Black adult that you know votes in this election!”

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Vote centers will open daily from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., and on Tuesday from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. The nearest official drop box or vote center can be found at