First Nations voters could decide outcome in 63 ‘priority districts’: AFN – APTN News

by ahnationtalk on October 21, 201941 Views

October 20, 2019

First Nations voters can do more than mark ballots in the 2019 federal election, the Assembly of First Nations (AFN) has found.

They have the power to swing the vote in 63 “priority districts,” data shared with APTN News shows.

“Our people were not allowed to vote until 1960,” said Prairie Rose, a poster on the Winnipeg Indigenous Rock The Vote Facebook page.

“It’s time we continue our ancestors’ fight. Take advantage of your right.”

AFN defines priority districts as those where the First Nations population is larger than the 2015 election margin of victory (according to 2016 Census data), or where the population is within five per cent of the margin of victory and at least one per cent of the total vote eligible population in the district.

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