GOTNV: Alaska State Primary Election Season Heats Up
As election season approaches, Get Out the Native Vote (GOTNV) has been working on a variety of things. Since Alaskans were automatically registered to vote during the PFD application process, GOTNV’s focus has shifted from voter registration to spreading awareness of the importance of voting.
It is a very important election season for Alaskans, as Alaska Gov. Bill Walker’s term ends along with Congressman Don Young’s seat, which is Alaska’s sole congressional seat in the House of Representatives. The individuals elected for these seats will represent all Alaskans, and their decisions can affect Alaskans day-to-day lives. Plus, when only a certain amount of people vote, there are whole demographics of people who don’t have a voice. This is why it is imperative that Alaska Natives and all Alaskans get out to vote this year!
In the coming months, GOTNV will have more activity on social media to increase awareness of important dates and deadlines for voters. GOTNV will also release public service announcements (PSAs) on the radio and some TV channels to remind Alaskans to vote.
Last month, GOTNV hosted a booth at the World Eskimo-Indian Olympics (WEIO) in Fairbanks. GOTNV volunteers helped spread awareness of the importance of voting and what is coming up this election season. In addition, GOTNV provided informational voting handouts, t-shirts and other GOTNV swag. Attendees were also encouraged to complete a short survey on voting, and were entered in a raffle for a $100 gift card in return. GOTNV thanks all those who participated in the survey.
GOTNV has been in the process of interviewing candidates on the importance of voting and why they are running for office. Once completed, the interviews will be available on the GOTNV social media platforms for voters to get to know the candidates better. As predicted, candidates have been very busy, but GOTNV will provide every candidate an opportunity to take part in the interviews. Stay connected by following GOTNV on Facebook @GOTNVinterior or Instagram @gotnvinterior.