23 May 2005

Report analyzes outcome of Native Vote 2004

May 23, 2005

American Indians and Alaska Natives turned out to the polls last November in record numbers, according to the final report of the Native Vote 2004 campaign.

Released this month by the First Americans Education Project, the report tracked voter participation in eight key states. From Alaska to New Mexico, Native Americans voted in unprecedented numbers at the local, state and federal level, the analysis found.

"While registration and turnout is still below non-Native averages in many parts of the country, many Native communities saw increases of 50 percent to 150 percent in their turnout," the report stated.

[...] Despite the gains, the report noted that several political candidates favored by Native voters failed at the polls.


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