Native Vote 2010 Alaska
With the largest proportion of American Indians and Alaska Natives than any other state, Indian Country has the ability to sway national, state, and local elections. American Indians and Alaska Natives make up 19% of the overall state population, and 16.2% of Alaskans who are 18 and over. Because the winner of Alaska’s senatorial election will deeply impact the rest of Indian Country, it is vital that Alaskan residents turn out to vote.
On Tuesday, August 24, 2010, Alaska witnessed a primary upset that took many by surprise. Current U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski lost the Republican primary election to Joe Miller. Miller is unpopular with 36% of voters seeing him favorably and 52% negatively. Scott McAdams (D) is still largely anonymous with 53% of voters offering no opinion about him. Because Alaska is currently wrestling with low voter turnout, American Indian and Alaska Native voters have a significant opportunity to sway election results.
Primary Election – August 24, 2010
State primary voter turn-out: 27.5%
General Election – November 2, 2010
Voter Registration closes October 3, 2010
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