Republicans and Democrats are doing what they can before November 6th to be sure people get out and vote. According to FiveThirtyEight.com, North Dakota’s vote has a 27% higher impact than anywhere else in the country because of the lower population.That means your vote in North Dakota has more of an effect than you might think.
“It’s one of the most important jobs of a political party is to get people to vote,” says Scott McNeil, Executive Director at North Dakota Democratic NPL.
Both Republicans and Democrats are going out in the community to encourage people to vote. Chairman of the North Dakota Young Republicans, Reed Christensen, says they have been engaging with the millennial generation.
Christensen says, “North Dakota is unique it has the fastest millennial growth rate of any state in the nation right now. And that is great the younger base, you know brings that energy and that passion to the workforce and getting them plugged in and getting them educated on the issues.”
McNeil says the Democratic Party has been trying to campaign in more conservative areas like Minot, Dickinson, and Williston where Democrats have not been talking to voters in a very long time. They are also reaching out to Native American and Somalian voters who haven’t been as engaged in the political process before.
“Fargo has a large Somalian African population that have not really been engaged in the political process,” says McNeil. “So we have a handful of new American organizers talking with community leaders, local activist and getting them engaged in the political process.”
Both parties have been making over hundreds of thousands of phone calls and knocking on doors all over North Dakota to get people to vote.
Christensen says he wants to educate voters and make it a peaceful process.
“This is the way to exercise your right is to talk to your neighbor, knock on a door, make a phone call, write a letter to the editor, call into the radio show not burn stuff to the ground not use pitchforks not to riot or break stuff you know,” says Christensen.
Whether your leaning more towards the republican side or the democratic side, both parties say they just want to inform you and get you out there to vote.