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COVID-19 may have disproportionately impacted Navajo Nation residents' access to voting sites

The coronavirus pandemic may have hampered Navajo Nation residents’ access to voting sites during the primary election on June 2. The San Juan County Clerk’s Office reduced the number of voter convenience centers from 33 to nine for this year’s primary election.

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7/6/2020

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6/24/2020

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6/22/2020

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6/14/2020

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6/5/2020

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6/4/2020

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5/29/2020

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5/28/2020

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5/22/2020

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5/19/2020

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5/17/2020

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5/16/2020

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5/3/2020

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5/2/2020

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4/30/2020

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3/24/2020

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3/13/2020

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3/11/2020

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3/10/2020

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3/4/2020

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3/3/2020

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2/21/2020

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2/18/2020

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2/17/2020

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2/9/2020

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2/5/2020

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1/20/2020

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1/4/2020

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12/24/2019

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12/22/2019

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12/21/2019

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12/11/2019

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12/10/2019

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12/6/2019

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11/25/2019

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10/11/2019

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10/9/2019

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9/26/2019

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9/11/2019

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8/28/2019

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8/27/2019

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8/24/2019

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8/21/2019

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8/20/2019

article Wyoming Officials Propose Tribal Voter Registration Bill
(Wyoming) -- A draft bill has been passed in Wyoming that would make it easier for indigenous people to vote if the proposed legislation becomes law. The Casper Star-...

8/19/2019

article Voter ID battle
(North Dakota) -- In 2018, a federal judge ruled that Indigenous populations within North Dakota must comply with the state’s voter ID law, but the fight continues...
article State lawmakers propose fix to allow tribal IDs for voter registration
(Wyoming) -- Indigenous people in Wyoming could have an easier time using their tribal identification when voting if newly proposed legislation eventually becomes law....

8/5/2019

article Commentary: Politicians keep ignoring Native American voters. It's a huge mistake
(Washington D.C.) -- Though Democrats are vying fiercely to get onto the stage for the next round of primary debates, most have been slow to RSVP to an invitation that...

8/2/2019

article Appeals court sides with North Dakota in voter ID lawsuit
(North Dakota) -- A federal appeals court says North Dakota's voter identification requirements are constitutional, rejecting an argument by a group of American...
article Turtle Mountain chair says legal fight over voter ID laws likely to continue
(North Dakota) -- The fight over North Dakota's voter ID laws isn't likely to end with Wednesday's decision by a federal judge. Turtle Mountain Chairman Jamie Azure says...

8/1/2019

article County officials consider drone to deliver tribal votes from Grand Canyon
(Arizona) -- Officials in an Arizona county hope to use a drone to make it easier to get vote tallies from tribal land deep within the Grand Canyon during next year...

7/31/2019

article County explores drone to carry vote tallies from tribal land
(Arizona) -- Officials in an Arizona county hope to use a drone to make it easier to get vote tallies from tribal land deep within the Grand Canyon during next year'...
article Appeals court ruling favors ND voter ID law said to discriminate against Native Americans
(North Dakota) -- In a Wednesday opinion, an appeals court delivered a blow to Native American plaintiffs who say North Dakota’s voter identification requirements...

7/16/2019

article Appeals court agrees a Utah county violated Navajo voting rights through gerrymandering
(Utah) -- A federal appeals court on Tuesday upheld newly drawn voting districts in a southeastern Utah county after a judge had found the old boundaries amounted to...
article Tenth Circuit Upholds New Districts in Navajo Voting Rights Case
(Utah) -- The Tenth Circuit Tuesday approved new school board and county commission election districts for Utah’s geographically largest county, finding that a...

7/10/2019

article Shane Morigeau hopes to add a Native voice as Montana's next state auditor
(Montana) -- As the calendar continues to creep toward 2020 and next year’s presidential election heats up, local and state elections also are slowly starting to...

7/8/2019

article Wyoming Works to Allow Tribal IDs for Voter Registration
(Wyoming) -- State and tribal officials are trying to make it easier for people to use tribal identification to register to vote. The Casper Star-Tribune reports Wyoming...

7/6/2019

article State, tribes work to allow tribal IDs for voter registration
(Wyoming) -- State and tribal officials have started discussions over making it easier for voters with tribal identification to use them to vote in Wyoming. The talks...

7/3/2019

article Wyoming Lawmakers Consider Allowing Tribal IDs For Voter Registration
(Wyoming) -- The Wyoming State Legislature’s Select Committee on Tribal Relations is considering whether tribal ID cards can be used as proof of identity for state...

6/12/2019

article 1A Across America: Indigenous And In Office
(USA) -- Last year, Sharice Davids (D-KS), a member of the Ho-Chunk Nation, and Deb Haaland (D-NM), a member of the Pueblo of Laguna tribe, became the first two Native...

6/10/2019

article 'We are a voice': Native Americans diving into local politics amid national momentum
(North Dakota) -- Waylon Pretends Eagle wasn’t planning on running for treasurer of North Dakota’s Democratic Party. But as nominations for the executive...

6/9/2019

article More Native candidates are running for local office — and winning — in Washington state
(Washington) -- Seattle City Council member Debora Juarez said the proposed announcement of her appointment to the board of the region’s public transit system,...

6/5/2019

article Native candidates fall short but vow to keep contesting elections
(South Dakota) -- A record number of Native candidates ran in Tuesday's Rapid City municipal and school district races. None won a seat but candidates and supporters...

5/18/2019

article Wyoming Democratic Party Asks for Probe of Voting Problems
(Wyoming) -- The Wyoming Democratic Party has requested for a prosecutor to investigate allegations of voting difficulties on the Wind River Reservation last year. The...

5/17/2019

article A Rising Native America Aims to Make Further Gains in the 2020 Elections
(USA) -- As NPQ has covered over the past two years, a cultural revival is under way in many American Indian nations. Last fall, its impact was evident in the election...

5/13/2019

article What Do Native Americans Want From a President?
(Indian Country) -- Storms hit hard on the Rosebud Sioux reservation, but these reports sounded especially dire: A torrent of floodwater was cascading over the top of He...
article TRAHANT: Indian Country remains underrepresented in every government office
(Indian Country) -- Candidates are telling us why they should be the next president. And there are a lot of them. At least 20 Democrats, a major independent, and two...

4/6/2019

article Native American women set record in Rapid City election
(South Dakota) -- An unprecedented number of Native American women are running for office in the Rapid City municipal election in June. Saying that the city council...

3/28/2019

article Sharice Davids and Deb Haaland could make history yet again
(Washington D.C.) -- Could Deb Haaland or Sharice Davids make history again? Haaland and Davids are the first American Indian women to ever serve in the U.S. House. And...
article Native Women Make Up One Third Of Rapid City Municipal Election Candiates
(South Dakota) -- Five Native American women are running for seats on the Rapid City Common Council and mayoral position. Mayor Steve Allender is facing a challenger,...
article Unprecedented number of Native American women running for office in Rapid City municipal election
(South Dakota) -- An unprecedented number of Native American women are running for office in the Rapid City municipal election in June. Saying that the city council...

3/25/2019

article Native American Voting Rights Act signed into law
(Washington) -- The Native American Voting Rights act was signed by Washington Gov. Jay Inslee at a widely attended ceremony March 14. “We believe these three steps will...

3/24/2019

article RAVE: Drawing better lines so that Native votes count
(Indian Country) -- North Dakota State Rep. Ruth Buffalo placed a red ribbon skirt on the table before her, a tangible testament to all missing and murdered Indigenous...

3/23/2019

article New law expands voting services for tribes in Kitsap, Washington state
(Washington) -- A bill signed into law earlier this month would expand voting services for tribal members in Kitsap County and throughout the state. The new measure...

3/21/2019

article Mark Trahant: The Native vote is at play in the 2020 election cycle
(Indian Country) -- So far there are at least 17 Democrats running for president. Plus another two or three possible Republican challengers to Donald J. Trump. And, add...

3/20/2019

article Native American Voting Rights Act signed into law
(Washington) -- The Native American Voting Rights act was signed by Washington Gov. Jay Inslee at a widely attended ceremony, Thursday. “We believe these three steps...

3/18/2019

article Native American Voting Rights Act signed into law
(Washington) -- The Native American Voting Rights act was signed into law March 14 by Washington Gov. Jay Inslee at a widely attended ceremony. The bill would allow the...

3/16/2019

article Gov. Inslee signs Native American Voting Rights Act into law
(Michigan) -- The Native American Voting Rights act was signed by Washington state Gov. Jay Inslee at a widely-attended ceremony on March 14. “We believe these...

3/15/2019

article Governor signs Native American voting bill
(Washington) -- Gov. Jay Inslee signed a bill Thursday expanding voting services on tribal reservations. The bill, sponsored by Democratic Sen. John McCoy of Tulalip,...

3/14/2019

article Gov. Inslee signs Native American voting bill into law
(Washington) -- Gov. Jay Inslee signed a bill Thursday expanding voting services on tribal reservations. The bill, sponsored by Democratic Sen. John McCoy of Tulalip,...

3/12/2019

article Bill expands voter access on reservations
(Washington) -- Lawmakers in Olympia last week passed legislation expanding access to democracy with the Native American Voting Rights Act. The House approved the...
press release Udall, Luján Introduce Bicameral Native American Voting Rights Act
(Washington D.C.) -- Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.), vice chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, and U.S. Representative Ben Ray Luján (D-N.M) led a...

3/10/2019

article Native American voting assistance passes Legislature
(Washington) -- Some unique challenges tribal members face in voting could be removed under a bill that received final approval in the Legislature on Friday. If signed...

1/27/2019

article Editorial: McCoy bill would aid voting rights of Indians
(Washington) -- Thanks in part to high-profile ballot initiatives, greater interest in congressional races and — maybe — a few more votes cast because...

1/24/2019

article Washington Legislators Consider Statewide Native American Voting Rights Act
(Washington) -- A bill in the Washington Senate seeks to improve voting rights for Native Americans. The Native American Voting Rights Act is sponsored by John McCoy,...

1/16/2019

article Native Americans Take Power
(Washington D.C.) -- After a congressional campaign marred by a local Republican official’s racist and mean-spirited Twitter threat to send the Ho-Chunk Nation...
article The Political Revolution From Indian Country
(Washington D.C.) -- They went low—very low—and Sharice Davids went to Washington. After a congressional campaign marred by a local Republican official’s racist and mean...

1/15/2019

article Native American voting rights act would allow ‘unmarked homes’
(Washington) -- A proposed bill would allow the residential address portion of a voter registration form to be filled out with a nontraditional address. Democrat...

1/12/2019

article Native American voting rights bill proposed ahead of upcoming legislative session
(Washington) -- A proposed bill would allow the residential address portion of a voter registration form to be filled out with a nontraditional address. Democrat...

1/7/2019

article Majority Navajo county commission sworn in as history made
(Utah) -- A southeastern Utah county commission is officially majority Native American for the first time after two new Navajo members were sworn in. The Salt Lake...
article ‘I’m sure it’s a culture shock for most of you’: Navajos take the majority on the San Juan County Commission
(Utah) -- After a hard-won and historic victory that will shift the body from a long-standing white Republican majority to a Democratic and American Indian one, the new...

1/5/2019

article Incoming Nebraska secretary of state planning voter ID bills
(Nebraska) -- The incoming Nebraska secretary of state intends to seek legislation that would require voters to show identification at the polls. Bob Evnen said he plans...

1/4/2019

article Who cares whether you think these women are likable. They’re in power now.
(Washington D.C.) -- When Jeannette Rankin, a Republican from Montana, became the first women elected to the House of Representatives in 1917, her fellow legislators...
article First two Native American congresswomen embrace after swearing in
(Washington D.C.) -- The first two Native American women to ever be elected to Congress shared an embrace on the House floor after being sworn in.
article 9th Circuit Court to reconsider ruling on Arizona's 'ballot harvesting' ban
(Arizona) -- A federal appeals court will give Democrats a new chance to argue that an Arizona law banning “ballot harvesting” is illegal. In a brief order,...

12/24/2018

article New US Congresswomen carry hopes of Native Americans
(Washington D.C.) -- Sharice Davids and Deb Halaand will have a unique challenge of representing not only their districts, but being a face and a voice for Native women...

12/15/2018

article Minnesota election saw surge in American Indian voters, candidates
(Minnesota) -- If not for the American Indian population, which comprises 13 percent of Bemidji, John Persell probably would not have won his Minnesota House seat....

12/10/2018

article Maine again down to just 1 tribal representative
(Maine) -- Only one of Maine’s Native American tribes plans to send a representative to the Legislature next year, down from two this year, as two top Democrats...

12/8/2018

article OP/ED: Thankfully, we're getting more Native Americans reps in Congress this January
(Washington D.C.) -- In January, Rep.-elect Sharice Davids (D-Kan.) and Deb Haaland (D-N.M.) will begin serving as representatives in Congress. Hopefully their presence...

11/25/2018

article Native women support longtime Democratic leader ahead of key vote
(Washington D.C.) -- The 116th Congress has yet to begin but the two Native women who won their historic campaigns are casting a key vote this week. Democrats who will...
article New representative is one of two Native American women in Wyoming Legislature
(Wyoming) -- Nov. 6 was an exciting day for Andi Clifford. She became the only Democrat to win a race in Fremont County's general election. "I was surrounded by...

11/21/2018

article Bill introduced to protect Native American voting rights
(Washington D.C.) -- U.S. Rep. Tom O'Halleran, D-Ariz., joined Rep. Ben Ray Luján, D-N.M., to introduce the Native American Voting Rights Act of 2018, legislation to...
article Arizona’s long road to make elections accessible
(Arizona) -- It took nearly a week after Election Day for the Senate race in Arizona between Martha McSally, R, and Kyrsten Sinema, D, to finally be called. Sinema...

11/19/2018

article Native American Turnout In North Dakota Reached Unprecedented Levels In Midterms
(North Dakota) -- NPR’s Ari Shapiro speaks with Nicole Donaghy, a field organizer in Bismarck, N.D., about a voter ID law that some thought would depress Native...
article Native Voters Made Decisive Impact on Elections in Battleground States
(USA) -- Nearly a week after ballots were cast in contentious midterm elections primarily seen as a referendum on the Trump administration, the race for Arizona senator...
article Indian Country applauds USA Today for Native inclusion in Congress graphic
(USA) -- Native Twitter and allies are applauding the efforts of USA Today and the journalists related to a story in which Native congress-elect members were at first...

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