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The Progressive Democrat Newsletter grew out of the frustration of the 2004 election. Originally intended for New York City progressives, its readership is now national. For anyone who wants to be alerted by email whenever this newsletter is updated (usually weekly), please send your email address and let me know what state you live in (so I can keep track of my readership).

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  • Wednesday, October 13, 2010

    Native Vote Arizona

    Get out the Vote in Indian Country:

    From Native Vote 2010:

    Native Vote, is a nation wide resource for encouraging voter turn out in Indian Country. Organized by the National Congress of American Indians, get out the vote efforts in Indian Country have been supported by NCAI since 1955.

    What it's all about (an example from New Mexico):

    What you can do in your state:

    American Indians and Alaska Natives comprise 5.7% of the overall state population, and 4.71% of Arizonans who are 18 and over. Senator John McCain (R) has held office since 1986, so it is unlikely a close race will emerge.

    The 1st congressional district is home to many large tribes, which include the Navajo, Apache, and Hopi. These tribes make up 18.2% of the district’s population. In 2009, Congresswoman Ann Kirkpatrick (D) ended a 14 year streak by the Republicans after Congressman Rick Renzi (R) retired. For the upcoming election, Paul Gosar won the GOP primary and is currently leading the race by 6 points (47-41). This district has been identified as an important and close race in Arizona, where Indian Country will determine its electoral outcome. Tribes: Ak-Chin, Gila River, Hopi, Navajo, San Carlos Apache, San Juan Southern Paiute, Tohono O’odham, Tonto Apache, White Mountain Apache, Yavapai Apache, Yavapai-Prescott, Zuni

    The 5th congressional district has always been identified as a swing district. This year is no exception. Representative Harry Mitchell (D) currently holds the district’s seat, but republican nominee David Schweikert is challenging him for it. Shweikert currently has a 6-point lead (50-44). The Native American population in this district is 2% and accounts for 2.25% of eligible voters. Although these numbers may appear small, a toss-up race always relies on smaller populations to turn out and vote. Tribes: Fort McDowell Yavapai, Salt River Pima-Maricopa.

    The 8th congressional district was recently identified by public polls as a toss-up race. Representative Gabrielle Giffords (D) is currently tied with candidate Jesse Kelly (R). They both possess 46% of the district’s vote.

    Primary Election – August 24, 2010
    General Election – November 2, 2010
    Voter Registration closes October 4, 2010

    Native Vote Coordinators

    Travis Lane
    (602) 258-4822

    Ruben Guerrero, Jr.
    Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community
    (480) 362-7474

    Make every vote count in Indian Country. Help Native Vote 2010.


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