Native American Rights Groups Are Targeting Six States To Fight Voter Suppression In 2020

Pacific Standard,  February 25, 2019

Native American rights advocates who went to bat against voter suppression and disenfranchisement in last year's mid-term elections—and championed unprecedented voter turnout —are gearing up to renew their fight in key battleground states ahead of the already fraught 2020 presidential elections. ...

In many states, Native Americans are dissuaded from going to the polls by voter ID laws that require identification with proof of address that it is difficult for many to obtain: many Native American nations are located in rural areas without formal addresses. ...

North Dakota, where Four Directions focused its efforts last year, passed a law in 2017 requiring that voters supply identification with proof of address at the polls. Many North Dakota Native American nations are situated in rural areas without street names and numbers, which has left many tribe members without the identification necessary to vote. State voting officials suggested last year that Native Americans trying to vote contact their local 911 coordinators to obtain addresses and use those to obtain identification. Citing several examples of voters who still experienced complications, Native Americans send election officials days before the election, but a federal judge dismissed the case.

By Massoud Hayoun

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