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Menominee County, believe it or not, is the most Democratic County in the State of Wisconsin. Located in Northeastern Wisconsin, Menominee County also happens to be a Native American Reservation, Menominee Indian Reservation, and, as a result, is overwhelmingly Democratic.

According to the 2010 Census, there are 2,853 voting-age residents of Menominee County. 2,316 voting-age residents (81.2%) of Menominee County identified themselves as Native American. In Menominee County in the 2012 Wisconsin Gubernatorial Recall election, Democrat Tom Barrett won 575 votes (73.2%), whereas Republican Scott Walker won 208 votes (26.5%), and Hariprasad Trivedi, an independent candidate, won 3 votes (0.3%). Some sources list Nathan Graewin as being on the Gubernatorial ballot as a Libertarian and Steven Zelinski as a write-in candidate for Governor, but no vote totals are available for either of those candidates for any part of Wisconsin. This would indicate a turnout of 33.9% in Menominee County in the Wisconsin Gubernatorial Recall Election if one does not count blank or invalid votes. I consider that to be extremely low turnout.

In addition to Menominee County, several other areas with sizable Native American populations exist in Northern Wisconsin. I read a DailyKos diary on active Native American voter registration drives in Oklahoma and North Dakota, and I am unsure of whether or not there is currently any concerted effort to register Native Americans in Northern Wisconsin in time for the November general elections. I am not a resident of Wisconsin, but there are two U.S. House races, WI-7 and WI-8, with Republican incumbents running for re-election that could be decided by a few thousand votes or less, as well as a U.S. Senate race with a retiring Democratic incumbent that could be decided by a very close margin, and all three of these races, as well as other House and Senate races across the country, could determine which party controls each house of Congress come 2013.

I am of the belief that every person who is eligible and willing to register to vote should be able to do so without any difficulty whatsoever. When I see data that suggests that a particular group of people appears to have lower voter turnout than other groups of people, I see that as a flaw in our country's electoral system.

Comments are welcome, as always.

Originally posted to Aaron Camp on DailyKos on Tue Jul 03, 2012 at 05:48 PM PDT.

Also republished by Native American Netroots.

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