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Get Out the Native Vote

“We have the same voting rights. Our one vote count has the same power as a six-figure executive in Anchorage. If we could all harness the power of our one vote, it is a great equalizer,” Michelle Spark said.

She recently took to the KNOM airwaves to inform voters in Western Alaska about upcoming elections. The state is rolling out a new ranked choice voting system this fall. In light of low voter turnout, the organization she works for, Get Out the Native Vote, is trying to teach people how to fill out their ballots correctly. She encouraged listeners to make their voices heard as people who are uniquely informed of rural and Native lifestyles and issues.

Image at the top: Michelle Sparck in Unalakleet. Photo by Michelle Sparck, used with permission.

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