Ethnicity, Less Than 100% Poverty Line
Moreover, a huge number of American Indians and Alaska Natives live below the poverty line. Voting experts have found that income is a major predictor of whether an individual is registered to vote.6 Among the American population at large, 11.5 million low-income Americans are not registered to vote and the registration gap between low-income and high-income citizens is over 19 percent. According to the Census, 12 percent of American Indians and Alaska Natives live below 50 percent of the poverty level, and 26 percent live below 100 percent of the poverty line. These statistics make American Indians and Alaska Natives the group in the United States with the greatest proportion of people liv- ing below the poverty level, edging out African American by decimal points, 25.9 percent and 25.1 percent respectively.