This blog is primarily for the Indigenous voters in Michigan. If we turn out and vote like never before we will have achieved a spot rising above a mere asterisk in polling data. For the most part, Tribal citizens who vote are not statistically represented in the electoral data that is collected and reported out. Today that changes; with high voter turnout among Tribal voters, some national polling companies will work to include the impact of the native vote.
Just as important there are a record number of Native candidates on today’s ballot around the country, from congressional candidates, to state representatives, to candidates for lieutenant governor and governor. There are some races that present real opportunities, especially for Native women who are running in record numbers this year.
There is an expectation that the traditionally low turnout among Tribal citizens, will be the highest turnout ever. All across Indian Country Tribes and Tribal organizations have been working to register voters and get out the vote even in the face of barriers as in North Dakota.
Usually, the biggest impact is in western states, where larger more populous Tribes are located. Alaska is another state where most assuredly a high Tribal turnout can provide the margin of victory. However, wherever Tribes reside the potential to have meaningful impacts abound. In Michigan, the 2016 election gave the edge to Trump by a mere .3% margin. There are 100,000 eligible indigenous voters in Michigan or nearly four times the amount of the margin in 2016.
Yes, we can make differences everywhere. It is time for all of us to rise up all across turtle island and VOTE!
VOTE TODAY AND BE PART OF THE LARGEST BROWN WAVE OF VOTERS EVER!!