November 09, 2016
Gridiron star Ellison concerned at toxic touchdown
It’s election day in the United States, and one Maori has already voted on who should be the next president.
Former San Francisco 49er Riki Ellison from Ngai Tahu and Te Atiawa cast his ballot in Alexandria, Virginia, just outside Washington DC.
He says the bitter contest between Trump and Hillary Clinton has turned off many voters, and might discourage younger people from putting their hands up for political leadership.
"I’m concerned a lot of people are just going to give up and say 'hey, our vote doesn't mean anything, these guys are going to do what they are going to do and we are just going to go about our lives and do the best we can with whoever is going to be elected,' and the world knows these aren't the best that America can produce but one of them is going to be the president of the United States, and whoever that is, the populations is going to have to rally behind it," Mr Ellison says.
He expects a late finish, with the election depending on what happens in the big swing states.
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