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Judge rules against Navajo Nation voter lawsuit to force Arizona to count late-arriving mail-in ballots

A federal judge on Friday denied a request by several voters to require that election officials count mail ballots received from the Navajo Nation after 7 p.m. on Election Day, as long as the ballots are postmarked before that deadline. The voters argued that slow mail service and long distances between drop-off locations mean their votes may not be counted even if they send in ballots several days before Election Day.

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10/18/2020

article Rep. Deb Haaland: ‘Native American voters will not be intimidated'
(Washington D.C.) -- Democratic Rep. Deb Haaland of New Mexico, one of the first two Indigenous women in Congress, and Rep. Ruben Gallego of Arizona discuss nationwide...
article US Election 2020: Native American Voters Demand Better Ballot Access
(USA) -- With voters already lining up to cast early ballots across America ahead of the Nov. 3 general election, Native American voters whose ancestors called this land...

10/17/2020

article A Campaign of Voter Subtraction
(Washington D.C.) -- The people who were attracted to Donald Trump in 2016 have become alienated from President Trump in 2020. White women, seniors, and suburbanites are...
article Native Americans fear votes in remote areas could go uncounted
(Indian Country) -- Colleen Benally, who lives on the Navajo Nation reservation in the southwest United States, spends a lot of time in her car. Her daily commute takes...
article Federal Appeals Courts Emerge as Crucial for Trump in Voting Cases
(USA) -- This month, a federal judge struck down a decree from Gov. Greg Abbott of Texas limiting each county in the state to a single drop box to handle the surge in...

10/16/2020

article How Native Americans’ right to vote has been systematically violated for generations
(Indian Country) -- Voter suppression has taken centre stage in the race to elect potentially the 46th president of the United States. But we’ve heard little about the 5...

10/15/2020

article The First Americans Face Voting Obstacles at Every Turn
(Indian Country) -- This week, early voters in Georgia and Texas have been facing exceedingly long lines to cast their ballots due to reduced polling places and...
article A court refuses to extend the ballot receipt deadline for Navajo voters in Arizona.
(Arizona) -- A federal court declined on Thursday to extend the deadline for Arizona counties to receive the ballots of voters from the Navajo Nation, where polling...
article Court: Mailed Navajo ballots should not get extra time to be counted
(Arizona) -- Native Americans may face barriers to voting in general, but that is not enough to require that ballots mailed from the Navajo Nation get 10 extra days to...

10/13/2020

article 9th Circuit hears plea to extend voting deadline for Navajo residents
(Arizona) -- An attorney representing several Navajo Nation residents asked a federal appeals court Tuesday to give reservation dwellers more time to submit their...
article Court mulls bid to extend vote counting on Navajo Nation
(Arizona) -- Appeals court judges considering whether to give an extra 10 days after Election Day to count ballots mailed from Navajo Nation members living on the...

10/7/2020

article Why it's so difficult for some Native populations to vote
(Indian Country) -- Totaling some 6.8 million people, American Indians and Native Alaskans could play a key role in the upcoming election, especially in Western swing...
article Supreme Court Ruling On Voting Rights Act Opened Floodgates For New Restrictions
(Washington D.C.) -- It hadn't even been a day since the U.S. Supreme Court dismantled one of the pillars of voting rights in America, and North Carolina lawmakers...

10/5/2020

article VIDEO: Boosting Native American voter turnout
(Nevada) -- Nevada tribal leaders are hoping to boost Native American voter turnout in the upcoming election. More than 50 thousand Nevadans are Native American, making...

10/4/2020

article Guest opinion: Ruling invalidating ballot initiative was correct
(Montana) -- Judge Jessica Fehr handed down a ruling last week that is based on our Constitution. She wrote that a recently adopted law dramatically affected Native...

9/26/2020

article Montana court abolishes law obstructing voting rights to Indigenous people
(Montana) -- A state law limiting voting rights to Indigenous people residing on rural reservations was permanently abolished by a Montana court Friday. The ACLU of...
article 'They don't want us here': Native Americans struggle to vote in US election
(Indian Country) -- When you drive down one of the dirt roads on the Pine Ridge reservation in South Dakota, then stop the car and get out, all you hear is: Silence....

9/25/2020

article Montana law allegedly restricting Native American voting rights struck down
(Montana) -- In a victory for tribes in Montana, the Yellowstone County District Court permanently struck down a law that plaintiffs argued would restrict Native...
article Judge rules against Navajo Nation voter lawsuit to force Arizona to count late-arriving mail-in ballots
(Arizona) -- A federal judge on Friday denied a request by several voters to require that election officials count mail ballots received from the Navajo Nation after 7 p...
article Judge won’t extend time to count ballots from Navajo Nation
(Arizona) -- A judge has refused to give officials an extra 10 days after election day to count mail-in ballots for Navajo Nation members who live on the tribe’s...
article Campaign Legal Center to represent Pascua Yaqui Tribe in early voting site dispute with county
(Arizona) -- The Pascua Yaqui Tribe announced Friday it enlisted Campaign Legal Center to represent it as it fights Pima County to reinstate an early voting site that...

9/24/2020

article Mail Voting Disenfranchises Native People, Advocates Warn
(Arizona) -- The COVID-19 pandemic has created an urgent need to expand Americans’ ability to vote by mail. But Native people, who have been among those hit...
article New WA law helps Native voters this election. Is it enough?
(Washington) -- During a typical year, poor internet access and long driving distances make registering to vote and dropping off ballots a challenge for residents of the...

9/23/2020

article Native Americans are facing voter suppression. This resource wants to help them overcome it
(Indian Country) -- Though Native Americans have technically been enfranchised since 1924, numerous obstacles in various states serve to bar individuals from voting....
article Judge mulls giving more time to count Navajo Nation ballots
(Arizona) -- A judge is mulling whether to order officials to count mail-in ballots up to 10 extra days after election day for Navajo Nation members who live on the...
article Judge skeptical law racially discriminates against Native American voters
(Arizona) -- The fate of a voting rights lawsuit could depend on whether a federal judge believes current practices discriminate against Native Americans or just people...

9/21/2020

article From showdown to stalemate, Pascua Yaqui voting site feud continues
(Arizona) -- What was a showdown between the Pascua Yaqui tribe, the Pima County Board of Supervisors and the county’s recorder has now turned into a stalemate....

9/16/2020

article Native American Groups Sue South Dakota Over Voting Rights
(South Dakota) -- A Native American voting rights group and two tribes on Wednesday filed a federal lawsuit against South Dakota state agencies, alleging that the state...
article Sioux Tribes Sue South Dakota Over Failure to Provide Voter Registration
(South Dakota) -- Two South Dakota Sioux tribes partnered with a voting rights group to bring a federal lawsuit against the state on Wednesday, claiming multiple...
article Judge: Trump campaign can't join Navajo voting lawsuit
(Arizona) -- A federal judge on Wednesday denied a request by President Donald Trump's campaign to argue against a lawsuit seeking to ensure mail ballots from the...

9/15/2020

article Nevada tribal governments join legal struggle in Trump’s lawsuit against Nevada’s expanded mail-in voting measure
(Nevada) -- The Pyramid Lake Paiute and Walker River Paiute tribes last week sought to intervene in President Donald Trump’s lawsuit against Nevada’s mail-in...
article 2nd trial begins in challenge to Montana ballot collection and deadline laws
(Montana) -- A group of Democrats challenging restrictions on ballot collection practices ahead of the November election began making their case in Yellowstone County...

9/14/2020

article Nevada Tribes Want to Defend New Voting Law Against GOP Attack
(Nevada) -- A pair of federally recognized American Indian tribes want to help defend Nevada’s decision to expand mail-in voting during the coronavirus pandemic...

9/13/2020

article Tribal nations face continued voter suppression
(Indian Country) -- In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, South Dakota encouraged voters to use absentee ballots in the June 3 presidential primary election. Although...
article Arizona has suppressed Black, Latino and Native American voters for more than a century
(Arizona) -- When Peterson Zah attended the Phoenix Indian School as a youth, teachers there instructed students on the importance of voting. At the time, the majority...
article Native American Voters Face Significant Barriers to Mail-in Voting in 2020
(Indian Country) -- Observers and pundits are predicting record-setting voter turnout in the coming election. But the number of votes from Indian Country may be...

9/10/2020

article U.S. Attorney General Barr attacks voting by mail while in Arizona
(Arizona) -- U.S. Attorney General William Barr delivered a broadside attack on mail-in voting Thursday, attacking the process used by many Americans — including...
article Challenge To Montana Ballot Collection Limit Being Heard This Week
(Montana) -- A Montana district court began trial hearings on Sept. 8 regarding the legality of a state law that limits the number of ballots a person can deliver on...
article Lawsuit challenges Alaska witness requirement for ballots
(Alaska) -- A lawsuit filed Tuesday asks a judge to block election officials from enforcing during the COVID-19 pandemic a requirement that Alaska absentee voters have...

9/9/2020

article Lawsuit over Native American ballot collection sees first day in Yellowstone County District Court
(Montana) -- A lawsuit filled by the Montana American Civil Liberties Union against Montana Secretary of State Corey Stapleton made its first appearance in Yellowstone...

9/8/2020

article Mail-in ballots from reservations under fire as election nears
(Arizona) -- President Trump wants a federal judge to block efforts by members of the Navajo Nation to force the state to count mail-in ballots received from res-...
article Trial to begin in Montana tribes' lawsuit over ballot collection restrictions
(Montana) -- Yellowstone County on Tuesday will see the first of back-to-back trials ahead of the November election over how and when ballots may be returned in Montana...
article New suit says Alaska’s absentee ballot witness law is unconstitutional during the pandemic
(Alaska) -- Civil rights groups are challenging the Alaska state law that absentee ballots be signed by a witness, saying it’s an unconstitutional burden on voting...

9/7/2020

article Tribe renews voting site push, sets up showdown with Pima recorder
(Arizona) -- At least two Pima County supervisors will “press forward” to get an early voting site reinstated on the Pascua-Yaqui reservation, setting up a...

9/6/2020

article The Trump campaign has legal battles in 5 states to limit mail-in voting expansions
(Washington D.C.) -- As the November election nears closer, President Donald Trump has for months railed against states' attempts to expand mail-in-voting to...

9/4/2020

article Trump campaign seeks to intervene in Arizona mail-in ballot legal fight
(Arizona) -- The Trump campaign is asking a federal judge to allow it to intervene in a lawsuit brought by a group of Navajo Nation residents seeking to ease Arizona...

9/3/2020

article Tribe renews voting site push, sets up showdown with Pima recorder
(Arizona) -- At least two Pima County supervisors will “press forward” to get an early voting site reinstated on the Pascua-Yaqui reservation, setting up a...
article Trump committee intercedes vs. tribal-voting lawsuit in Arizona
(Arizona) -- President Trump's reelection committee is fighting an attempt by Navajo Nation members to force Arizona to count mail-in ballots from reservation voters...
article Lawsuit challenging restrictions on Native voting rights goes to trial
(Montana) -- A lawsuit challenging a state law that allegedly restricts Native Americans’ voting rights will go to trial in Yellowstone County District Court on...

9/1/2020

article Rural mail service on reservations questions whether Native Americans have equal access to voting opportunities
(Arizona) -- Members of the Navajo Nation are asking a federal judge to require the state to count mail-in ballots from voters on all the state’s reservations that...

8/26/2020

article Navajo Nation voters file lawsuit to force Arizona to count mail-in ballots that arrive after Election Day
(Arizona) -- Several Navajo Nation citizens with concerns about the U. S. Postal Service are asking a court to ensure their ballots will still be counted in Arizona even...

8/25/2020

article Suppressing Native American Voters
(South Dakota) -- Many people have heard of Jim Crow segregation and the disenfranchisement of Black voters, particularly in the American South. But other instances of...

8/19/2020

article For the Cherokee, disenfranchisement was locally controlled
(North Carolina) -- In 1930, a young man named Henry Owl traveled to the Ravensford election precinct in Swain County to register to vote. Owl was a U.S. Army Veteran,...

8/15/2020

article 'Ballot harvesting' targeted amid fight over voting rules
(Washington D.C.) -- As President Donald Trump's reelection campaign challenged Nevada's new voting law in court, the president and Republicans argued the rules...

7/30/2020

article OP/ED: Diné voters still face challenges
(Navajo Nation) -- Navajo voting rights have come a long way since 2017, when a federal judge ordered San Juan County, Utah, to redraw its voting districts to ensure...

7/29/2020

article GOP asks Supreme Court to reinstate Arizona voting rules deemed racially biased
(Washington D.C.) -- Arizona Republicans on Wednesday will ask the Supreme Court for permission to revive a pair of voting restrictions, struck down by a lower court as...

7/26/2020

article Wealthy donors pour millions into fight over mail-in voting
(USA) -- Deep-pocketed and often anonymous donors are pouring over $100 million into an intensifying dispute about whether it should be easier to vote by mail, a fight...

7/19/2020

article A More Liberal Supreme Court? Not When It Comes to Voting Rights
(Washington D.C.) -- For the fourth time since April, the Supreme Court this week made it harder for Americans to vote. The ruling, Justice Sonia Sotomayor wrote in...

7/9/2020

article Court blocks Montana law that restricts voting rights of Native Americans
(Montana) -- A Montana court has blocked a state law that severely restricts the right to vote for Native Americans. The American Civil Liberties Union, ACLU of Montana...
article Judge deals blow to Montana absentee ballot gathering restrictions
(Montana) -- A Billings judge struck a blow Wednesday against a Montana law restricting how mail ballots can be gathered, siding with a coalition of tribes and Native...

7/8/2020

article Judge Blocks Montana From Enforcing Absentee Ballot Law
(Montana) -- A Montana judge issued a ruling Tuesday that blocks the state from enforcing a voter-approved law restricting the collection of absentee ballots during...

7/7/2020

article Court halts Montana's ballot collection law, ACLU says
(Montana) -- The ACLU of Montana said Tuesday a Montana court has blocked a state law that they said severely restricts the right to vote for Native Americans. The...
article Judge Blocks Montana Ballot Collection Law Challenged by Native American Tribes
(Montana) -- A Montana judge Tuesday blocked a state law that restricts who can collect ballots, finding it likely violates Native Americans’ right to vote. In a...

7/2/2020

article Mail-In Voting Isn't An Answer In Indian Country. Senators Urge DOJ To Accommodate Tribes.
(Washington D.C.) -- The voting process has long disenfranchised Native American communities. With the COVID-19 pandemic and mail-in voting exacerbating the problem, U.S...

7/1/2020

article Exclusive: Senate Democrats press AG Barr for answers about poll closures on Native American reservations
(Washington D.C.) -- Alarmed by the recent closure of in-person polling places on Native American reservations due to Covid-19, Senate Democrats are pressing Attorney...

6/27/2020

article The Looming Threat to Voting in Person
(Washington D.C.) -- The daunting logistics of holding an election during a pandemic were on display in Kentucky on Tuesday, as voters in the state’s primary made...

6/16/2020

article Report highlights voting inequities in tribal communities
(Indian Country) -- Native American voting rights advocates are cautioning against states moving to mail-in ballots without opportunities for tribal members to vote...

6/12/2020

article NAC: Native voter suppression
(Indian Country) -- A new report finds serious barriers to the polls for some Native American voters. As the presidential election nears, the Native American Rights Fund...

6/8/2020

article EDITORIAL: Efforts to suppress voting rights of indigenous people is un-American
(Nevada) -- In South Dakota, a Native American community of 1,200 people is provided with only one voting site, and residents aren’t given the option of early...

6/3/2020

article Report highlights voting inequities in tribal communities
(Michigan) -- Native American voting rights advocates are cautioning against states moving to mail-in ballots without opportunities for tribal members to vote safely in...

5/24/2020

article Fox objects to judge's order saying ballots sent on day of primary will count
(Montana) -- Montana Attorney General Tim Fox is trying to reverse a Billings judge's decision that ballots postmarked up and including the day of the June 2 primary...

5/21/2020

article Four years and a settlement later: a North Dakota voter ID law will still impact the Native American vote
(North Dakota) -- A 2018 federal judge’s ruling may still be impacting Native Americans’ right to vote in North Dakota. The law requires all voters to show...

5/20/2020

article Montana Judge Halts Ballot Gathering Restrictions Weeks Before June Primary
(Montana) -- A Montana judge agreed Wednesday to put a temporary restraining order on a state law that tribal groups say harshly disenfranchises Native American voters....

5/5/2020

article OP/ED: Time to close an ugly chapter of Native American voter suppression
(North Dakota) -- Four years and two federal lawsuits later, North Dakota officials have finally abandoned their latest quest to make voting difficult for Native...

4/24/2020

article Standing Rock, Spirit Lake file agreement with North Dakota over voter ID law
(North Dakota) -- The Spirit Lake Nation and the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe have reached an agreement with the state of North Dakota settling a years-long dispute over...
article Tribes, North Dakota file final agreement in voter ID lawsuits
(North Dakota) -- The state of North Dakota and American Indian tribes on Friday filed an agreement in federal court that seeks to officially settle a legal dispute over...

4/14/2020

article How Democrats Won Big in Wisconsin
(Wisconsin) -- On Monday evening, Wisconsin released the results from its controversial April 7th election, which took place amid poll closures and fear for the health...

4/12/2020

article GOP pushes voting by mail — with restrictions — while Trump attacks it as ‘corrupt’
(Washington D.C.) -- The same week President Trump told the public that voting by mail is “corrupt” and “RIPE for FRAUD,” his own party was...

4/11/2020

article Conservatives Operatives Float Plan to Place Retired Military, Police Officers As GOP Poll Watchers On Election Day
(USA) -- On election day in November, some polling places could be patrolled by off-duty police officers and veterans, according to a plan hatched by Republican...

4/9/2020

article Republicans pursue limits on voting by mail, despite the coronavirus
(Washington D.C.) -- President Donald Trump and his Republican allies are launching an aggressive strategy to fight what many of the administration’s own health...

4/6/2020

article Wisconsin justices block Tony Evers' order to shut down election, U.S. Supreme Court restricts absentee voting
(Wisconsin) -- Wisconsin voters will head to the polls Tuesday after Gov. Tony Evers failed to shut down Tuesday’s election in a historic last-minute move that was...

3/31/2020

article Want proof that Republicans want to suppress voters? Just ask Trump.
(Washington D.C.) -- We have heard the excuses for voter-ID requirements, opposition to vote-by-mail and voting-roll purges. It’s about voter fraud, you see. That...

3/12/2020

article This Law Makes Voting Nearly Impossible for Native Americans in Montana
(Montana) -- Voting has never been easy for Native Americans living on rural reservations in Montana, which are often geographically isolated, with limited access to...
article Lawsuit: ballot collection law harms Native voters
(Montana) -- Five tribes in Montana, along with two get-out-the-vote organizations, filed a lawsuit in Yellowstone County on Thursday saying a ballot collection law...

2/26/2020

article VIDEO: A Racist Voter ID Law Targeting Native Americans Just Lost its Punch
(North Dakota) -- North Dakota will now provide Native Americans with no-cost identification to vote in a victory against racist voter ID laws⁠—but they still face...

2/24/2020

article Senate OKs redistricting rules over Democratic objections
(Arizona) -- Republicans in the state Senate have given initial approval to a measure that would ask voters to limit the population differences between Arizona’s...

2/15/2020

article Agreement reached over 'tribal IDs' and voting
(North Dakota) -- A settlement has been reached in the lawsuit Spirit Lake, Standing Rock and other tribes brought against North Dakota Secretary of State Al Jaeger over...
article American Indian Groups Reach Settlement over ND Voter-ID Law
(North Dakota) -- Years of legal wrangling between the state of North Dakota and American Indian tribes appear to be over. The two sides have reached a settlement over...
article North Dakota And Native American Tribes Settle Voter ID Lawsuits
(North Dakota) -- Native American tribes in North Dakota secured a major victory this week when they settled a pair of lawsuits challenging the state's restrictive...

2/14/2020

article Native American voters get boost in North Dakota
(North Dakota) -- Native American voters in North Dakota may vote — even if they arrive at polling places without identification bearing a street address,...

2/13/2020

article Hopes to make tribal IDs a form of voter ID in N.D. still alive
(North Dakota) -- Tribal IDs do not have residential addresses, which North Dakota Republicans made a voter ID requirement in 2013. Native Americans have the right to...
article Native Americans defeat GOP's racist voter ID law in North Dakota
(North Dakota) -- North Dakota was forced this week to allow Native American tribal IDs as acceptable identification at the voting booth, the Campaign Legal Center...
article Secretary of State Agrees to Settle Voter ID Lawsuits by Entering Into Consent Decree with North Dakota Tribes
(North Dakota) -- In the wake of the district court’s denial of the State’s motion to dismiss, the Secretary of State has agreed to settle two federal voting...
article State of North Dakota, tribes agree to settle voter ID lawsuits
(North Dakota) -- The state of North Dakota and American Indian tribes have agreed to settle two lawsuits over the state’s voter identification requirements. The...

2/12/2020

article ‘What’s old is new again’: Advocates say tribal voting hurdles remain
(Washington D.C.) -- Voting barriers for Native Americans have always existed, but polling cutbacks, discriminatory voter ID laws and lack of funding for elections are...
article Ballot harvesting or a voting assist?
(Arizona) -- A federal appeals court ruled Tuesday that a 2016 Arizona law barring anyone but a family member or caregiver from returning another person's early ballot...

2/11/2020

article Native Americans’ Challenges to North Dakota Voting Law Advance
(North Dakota) -- The legal challenges to North Dakota’s voter identification law by two Native American tribes and several individual members may proceed, a...

2/10/2020

article Federal judge rejects North Dakota's request to dismiss tribal lawsuit over voter ID rules
(North Dakota) -- A federal judge on Monday rejected a request by the state of North Dakota to dismiss a tribal lawsuit challenging the state’s voter...
article Judge refuses to toss tribal lawsuit challenging ND voter ID
(North Dakota) -- A federal judge has rejected a request by the state of North Dakota to dismiss a tribal lawsuit challenging North Dakota's voter ID law. U.S....
article Native American voting rights case over ID law to proceed
(North Dakota) -- A voting rights case over North Dakota’s photo ID law will proceed. A federal judge has denied a motion to dismiss from Secretary of State Al Jaeger,...

2/7/2020

article GOP-Dominated House Bars Tribal IDs for Voter Registration
(South Dakota) -- South Dakota Democrats called foul on Friday after the Republican-dominated House shot down their efforts to allow Native Americans use their tribal...

1/29/2020

article A 'big win' for Native voters; divided appeals court lifts election burdens
(Washington D.C.) -- A divided federal appeals court Monday overturned Arizona’s ban on ballot-harvesting and its policy of rejecting ballots accidentally cast in...

1/28/2020

article 9th Circuit Declares Arizona Voting Restriction to be Discriminatory
(Arizona) -- In 2016, Arizona made it a felony in most cases to return someone else’s voting ballot to election officials—a practice known as “ballot...
article Appeals Court Finds Arizona Intended To Suppress Nonwhite Votes
(Arizona) -- The national conversation around voting rights is deeply skewed. Republican lawmakers and operatives openly endorse disenfranchisement; they brag when their...

1/27/2020

article Federal court says Arizona 'ballot harvesting' law discriminates against minority voters
(Arizona) -- Arizona violated the Voting Rights Act by barring voters from delivering the early ballots of neighbors, friends and others to polling places, a federal...

12/14/2019

article A judge ordered up to 234,000 people to be tossed from the registered voter list in a swing state
(Wisconsin) -- A Wisconsin judge ordered the state to take as many as 234,000 people off its registered-voter list Friday because they may have moved — a decision...

12/9/2019

article Some in Indian Country still face barriers to voting
(Wyoming) -- It wasn’t until 1924, four years after the passage of the 19th Amendment granted women’s suffrage nationwide, that Native Americans in the...

11/23/2019

article SPLC: The struggle for Native American voting rights
(USA) -- November is Native American Heritage Month – a fitting time to honor the resistance and resilience of Native peoples, including their fight to be heard by...

10/8/2019

article Native American Voting Rights Need Protecting
(Indian Country) -- Native Americans were granted citizenship status in 1924 and with it the right to vote. But there have been attempts over the years curb the rights...

10/6/2019

article For some Native Americans, no home address might mean no voting
(Utah) -- At the end of a labyrinth of red dirt roads and surrounded by the rusty cliffs of nearby mesas, Marthleen and Shuan Stephenson live on an isolated desert...

10/4/2019

article For Some Native Americans, No Home Address Might Mean No Voting
(Utah) -- At the end of a labyrinth of red dirt roads and surrounded by the rusty cliffs of nearby mesas, Marthleen and Shuan Stephenson live on an isolated desert...

10/3/2019

article Poverty, isolation among voting barriers for Native Americans
(USA) -- A congressional hearing in Phoenix this week on voting rights and election administration in Arizona provided a stark reminder of the obstacles many Native...
article Voter Suppression in Indian Country: ‘A Little Bit Insulting’
(USA) -- Native American voters could tip the scales in several key races across the country next year, but as Democratic presidential hopefuls work to increase turnout...

10/2/2019

article Restrictive election laws, lack of polls hamper Native American voters, leaders say
(Arizona) -- The voting rights of Native Americans in Arizona are routinely suppressed by a slew of requirements and practices, such as photo ID laws and a scarcity of...
article Congressional hearing on voting rights in AZ focuses on obstacles faced by voters of color
(Arizona) -- Obstacles to voting in Indian Country were the dominant point of discussion Tuesday at a subcommittee hearing, which ended with a heated exchange between a...
article Navajo Nation President Calls on Congress to Enact a Native American Voting Rights Act
(Arizona) -- Navajo Nation President Jonathan Nez was joined by Vice President Myron Lizer as he called on Congressional members to introduce and enact a Native American...

10/1/2019

article Restrictive election laws, lack of polls hamper Native American voters, leaders say
(Arizona) -- The voting rights of Native Americans in Arizona are routinely suppressed by a slew of requirements and practices, such as photo ID laws and a scarcity of...

9/24/2019

article Voter-suppression push deservedly stumbles, again
(Wyoming) -- Wyoming seemed poised earlier this year to join the parade of conservative states who have enacted restrictive, undemocratic voter identification laws. The...

9/11/2019

article Gerrymander guru's secret files: He used racial data to disenfranchise black voters
(USA) -- Secret files found on a longtime Republican operative’s computer after his death revealed that he compiled racial data to help his party draw new...

9/5/2019

article The Battle Over the Files of a Gerrymandering Mastermind
(North Carolina) -- At the heart of a decisive court ruling on Tuesday striking down North Carolina’s state legislative maps was evidence culled from the computer...

9/3/2019

article Native votes went missing in North Carolina. Tribal leaders vow that won’t happen again next week.
(North Carolina) -- Native American voting groups have made it their mission over the years to get as many of their members to the polls as possible. That effort has...

8/16/2019

article Phil Lyman: San Juan County didn’t invent discrimination against Native Americans
(Utah) -- Robert Gehrke’s starts his July 22 article about gerrymandering in San Juan County with a thinly veiled attempt to disparage and misrepresent the good...

8/7/2019

article US Civil Rights Groups Demand Action to End Voter Suppression
(Washington D.C.) -- The right to vote is considered a fundamental principle of American democracy, but ahead of the 2020 Presidential Election, the issue of voter...

8/1/2019

article Alarm over voter purges as 17m Americans removed from rolls in two years
(Washington D.C.) -- US election jurisdictions with histories of egregious voter discrimination have been purging voter rolls at a rate 40% beyond the national average,...

7/29/2019

article San Juan County Commission votes to end appeal in seven-year-long voting rights lawsuit with Navajo Nation
(Utah) -- San Juan County decided Monday not to pursue further appeals in the landmark voting rights case that led to the election of the county’s first majority-...

7/27/2019

article Democratic voter group hopes to increase presence among Native American voters
(New Mexico) -- An Albuquerque-based organization wants to boost voter participation among Native Americans in the 2020 election, and hopes to increase its presence in...

7/22/2019

article Secret donors and Trump allies: Inside the operation to push noncitizen voting laws in Florida and other states
(Washington D.C.) -- A network of out-of-state political consultants, secret donors and activists with close ties to President Trump is behind an effort to change the...

6/20/2019

article The Voter Suppression Chronicles
(Washington D.C.) -- When the Roberts Court all but nullified the Voting Rights Act, it said the pre-1965 practices were long gone. New hearings by the House make clear...

6/7/2019

article New Election Security Bills Face a One-Man Roadblock: Mitch McConnell
(Washington D.C.) -- A raft of legislation intended to better secure United States election systems after what the special counsel, Robert S. Mueller III, called a...

5/31/2019

article County Attorney Concludes No Violations Against Native Voters In 2018 Election
(Wyoming) -- Fremont County Attorney Patrick LeBrun said, yes, county clerk employees were confused about where tribal members could register and whether they could use...

5/29/2019

article Wyoming Prosecutor Finds No Violations in Reservation Voting
(Wyoming) -- A Wyoming county attorney has determined there were no violations of election law by poll workers on an Indian reservation. The Casper Star-Tribune reports...

5/28/2019

article Fremont County prosecutor finds no violation of state election law in tribal voting challenges
(Wyoming) -- The Fremont County Attorney’s Office said Tuesday it determined local poll workers did not violate state elections law during last year’s...
article How a large-scale effort to register black voters led to a crackdown in Tennessee
(Tennessee) -- Last year, an army of paid workers with stacks of voter registration forms fanned out in Memphis, Nashville and other parts of Tennessee to persuade...

5/20/2019

article Democrats Call For Investigation Into Native American Voter Suppression
(Wyoming) -- In the 2018 election, Native American communities around the country complained about incidents of voter suppression, and some complaints occurred here in...

5/17/2019

article Dems call for probe into voting problems on reservation
(Wyoming) -- The Wyoming Democratic Party has asked the Fremont County Attorney’s Office to investigate allegations that voters on the Wind River Reservation...

4/24/2019

article Dakotas' Native American tribes concerned about 2020 Census
(North Dakota) -- With the official launch of the 2020 U.S. census less than a year away, Native American communities are ramping up efforts to ensure that everyone is...

4/22/2019

article American Indian Leaders Call for Congress to End Voter Suppression
(Washington D.C.) -- The US House Subcommittee on Elections last week held a field hearing at Standing Rock in North Dakota on Tuesday, writes Sarah Mearhoff in the...
article American Indian Leaders Call for Congress to End Voter Suppression
(Washington D.C.) -- The US House Subcommittee on Elections last week held a field hearing at Standing Rock in North Dakota on Tuesday, writes Sarah Mearhoff in the...

4/21/2019

article Congressional hearing beneficial for N.D. tribes
(North Dakota) -- This is Up and Down, where we give a brief thumbs up and thumbs down on the issues from the past week.
article MORON ALERT: Congressional hearing on voter ID was a shame and a sham
(North Dakota) -- You probably read some headlines this week about a congressional hearing, hosted on the Standing Rock Indian Reservation, at which North Dakota’s...

4/17/2019

article MUST READ: Native American leaders to Congress: State lawmakers are targeting Native voters
(North Dakota) -- Native American leaders told U.S. House members on Tuesday, April 16, that they believe North and South Dakota are deliberately attempting to suppress...
article Hearings: In One Michigan County, Native American Rights are Often Claimed But Rarely Apply
(Michigan) -- There was an uncommon lag in the action in Courtroom 3B of the Lincoln Hall of Justice, the building where most of Wayne County’s child welfare and...

4/16/2019

article Tribal leaders: Discrimination, suppression of Native American voters occurring in Dakotas
(North Dakota) -- A voter ID law and manipulated legislative boundaries are among the ways Native Americans' votes are diluted in the Dakotas, a U.S. House panel was...
article Tribes denounce North Dakota ID law in congressional hearing
(North Dakota) -- Native American voters face poor access to polling sites, discrimination by poll workers and unfair identification requirements, tribal leaders told...
article Watch now: Live hearing on American Indian voting rights issues
(North Dakota) -- At this hour, a field hearing on the Standing Rock Indian Reservation is underway on voting rights issues, particularly in North Dakota and South...
article Burns Paiute: A Commitment to Habitat Renewal
(Oregon) -- It’s a sparkling fall day in Logan Valley. Lake Creek chatters in the background as Burns Paiute tribal chair and Logan Valley manager, Eric Hawley, shares...

4/15/2019

article U.S. House panel to hear testimony of Native American voting issues in South Dakota
(South Dakota) -- Native American voter disenfranchisement and suppression in North Dakota and South Dakota will be the topic of a U.S. House panel hearing on Tuesday.
article House Republicans Are Upset Democrats Are Investigating Voter Suppression Allegations
(Washington D.C.) -- House Democrats overstepped their authority by asking state officials for information as part of an inquiry into allegations of voter suppression,...
article LET THE IDIOT SPEAK: Will it be a fair hearing on voting rights at Standing Rock or a political rally?
(North Dakota) -- "They've already taken action that would effect North Dakota." That's what Rep. Rodney Davis said of a Democrat-led field hearing to...

4/14/2019

article Congress Traveling the Country to Hear Evidence of Voting Rights Violations
(Washington D.C.) -- Rep. Marcia Fudge (D-Ohio), chair of the Elections Subcommittee of the Committee on House Administration, will hold listening sessions to hear from...

4/11/2019

article U.S. House subcommittee to host hearing at Standing Rock on voting rights
(North Dakota) -- A U.S. House subcommittee will hold a field hearing on the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation next week to gather input on barriers that prevent Native...

3/20/2019

article Could Washington State Be a Model for Native Voting Rights Reform?
(Washington) -- Washington Governor Jay Inslee signed the Native American Voting Rights Act Thursday, enacting a state law designed to empower Native American people to...

3/19/2019

article House OKs study of Native American voting
(Montana) -- The House approved a resolution Tuesday to do a study over the interim on barriers to voting by Native Americans in Montana while ensuring election security...

3/13/2019

article Another tribe challenges North Dakota voter ID requirement
(North Dakota) -- Another American Indian tribe is challenging North Dakota’s voter identification requirements, which many Native Americans allege discriminate...

2/14/2019

article Native American Rights Groups Are Gearing Up to Fight Voter Suppression in 2020
(Washington D.C.) -- Native American rights advocates who went to bat against voter suppression and disenfranchisement in last year's mid-term elections—and...

1/8/2019

article North Dakota asks judge to dismiss tribe’s voter ID lawsuit
(North Dakota) -- North Dakota has asked a federal judge to dismiss a Native American tribe’s lawsuit challenging the state’s voter identification...

12/6/2018

article Why the case for election fraud in North Carolina is strong
(North Carolina) -- The North Carolina State Board of Elections and Ethics last week voted against certifying Republican Mark Harris' 905 vote win over Democrat Dan...

12/3/2018

article North Carolina election-fraud investigation centers on operative with criminal history who worked for GOP congressional candidate
(North Carolina) -- In a low-slung, aging commercial strip across the street from an online-gaming parlor here, a local operative named Leslie McCrae Dowless ran his...
article November, seek payback by limiting the powers of incoming Democrats
(Wisconsin) -- After being defeated at the ballot box last month, Republicans in Wisconsin and Michigan are seeking to deny Democrats full control of state government,...

12/2/2018

article Navajos drop vote suppression claim
(Arizona) -- The Navajo Nation has dropped a legal claim that could have delayed formal certification of the general election results. But the tribe still contends that...

11/22/2018

article Native Hawaiians claim voter suppression at Leeward Oahu polling sites during general election
(Hawaii) -- After a massive effort by several Native Hawaiian organizations to get out the vote for the general election, advocates are accusing state elections...

11/17/2018

article Martin: I fought voter suppression in North Dakota
(North Dakota) -- Have you caved into the belief that you cannot make a difference during these contentious political times? You're wrong; you can have a positive...

11/12/2018

article Inside the Republican Strategy to Discredit the Florida Recount
(Florida) -- The concerted effort by Republicans in Washington and Florida to discredit the state’s recount as illegitimate and potentially rife with fraud reflects a...

11/11/2018

article Voting Rights Foe Defeated By Native American Democrat
(North Dakota) -- On Tuesday night in North Dakota, Democrats faced a stinging blow with the loss of Sen. Heidi Heitkamp. A bipartisan problem-solver, Heitkamp did a lot...

11/9/2018

article Few Native American voters had ID issues in North Dakota
(North Dakota) -- Only a few dozen Native American voters appear to have been affected on Election Day by changes to North Dakota's voter identification requirements...
article North Dakota reservations see record voter turnout amid fears of suppression
(North Dakota) -- Despite concerns of voter suppression, election turnout in North Dakota's two most populous Native American counties spiked to its highest levels...

11/7/2018

article Some Native Americans have issues voting in ND
(North Dakota) -- Some Native Americans in North Dakota had issues Tuesday complying with the state’s voter identification requirements, but advocacy groups and...

11/6/2018

article A New North Dakota Law Threatened Native American Votes. They Responded By Turning Out in Historic Numbers
(North Dakota) -- A controversial new voter ID law in North Dakota made casting a ballot more difficult for thousands of Native Americans living on reservations in the...
article For Native Americans, the Battle Against Voter Suppression in North Dakota Is Only the Beginning
(North Dakota) -- North Dakota Native Americans say they're fired up to vote following a fraught battle over a voter identification measure that they say amounts to...

11/5/2018

article Legal fights over voting rights tighten already-close races
(USA) -- Legal battles over voting laws are poised to play a decisive role Tuesday in some states with tight races. Controversial statutes in Arizona and North Dakota...
article ​‘Standing Rock will vote’
(North Dakota) -- The Standing Rock Sioux are not angry. After centuries of unfair treaties and mistreatment they’re shrugging away the latest government attempt...
article Voter Fraud is a Myth. Voter Suppression is Very Real.
(Washington D.C.) -- Just one day before Tuesday’s midterm elections, President Donald Trump tweeted a warning that law enforcement officials have been “...

11/4/2018

article Questions remain over new Native American voting IDs in North Dakota
(North Dakota) -- After weeks of controversy over whether IDs Native American tribes have rushed to print will be accepted under North Dakota’s new voter ID law,...
article Advocacy group wants North Dakota to allow simpler IDs for Native Americans at polls
(North Dakota) -- A voting rights group in North Dakota is asking state officials to let Native Americans use a form printed with tribal letterhead and a standard piece...
article Mark Ruffalo: “This is another moment to stand for Standing Rock”
(North Dakota) -- Ahead of Tuesday’s midterm elections, actor Mark Ruffalo is mobilizing Native American voters in North Dakota after the U.S. Supreme Court in...
article Here are the chilling tricks we’ve caught Georgia using to disqualify voters
(Georgia) -- A young woman learned her name was no longer on the voter rolls in Georgia. Ironically, she discovered this while training as a canvasser for new voters....
article Voter access worries dominate final stretch before election
(Washington) -- The debate over voter access has erupted as a contentious issue in campaigns across the country just two days before Tuesday’s elections, with...

11/3/2018

article 'Someone threw my file out': County officials on Standing Rock Reservation lose legal description of voting precincts
(North Dakota) -- A Native voting rights group is raising questions about a lack of documentation to support voting precincts in Sioux County, home to the Standing Rock...
article Six Native voters who joined lawsuit will be allowed to vote under judge's order
(North Dakota) -- Six Native American voters who challenged North Dakota’s voter identification law will be allowed to vote on Tuesday under an order signed Friday...
article CU Boulder American Indian Law Clinic wants North Dakota's reservation voters to be heard
(North Dakota) -- A group of about 20 law students and Boulder area residents are being led to North Dakota over the next several days by the University of Colorado...
article Law could keep Native Americans from voting, leaders fear
(North Dakota) -- Looking ahead to next week’s critical U.S. elections, American Indians say a recent U.S. Supreme Court move threatens to keep tribal members from...
article Native American Tribes Push Back Against Voter Suppression
(North Dakota) -- When the Supreme Court supported laws in North Dakota that require IDs must display a "current residential street address," about 70,000...
article Native Americans Fight for the Right to Vote in North Dakota
(North Dakota) -- To find Honorata Defender’s home on the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation, mention her name to whoever you can find walking down the main street of...
article North Dakota's Native Americans say new law blocks much of population's right to vote
(North Dakota) -- Vast and untouched, North Dakota has been the sacred land of several Native American tribes for thousands of years -- and most recently, a political...
article Questions remain over new Native American voting IDs in North Dakota
(North Dakota) -- After weeks of controversy over whether IDs Native American tribes have rushed to print will be accepted under North Dakota’s new voter ID law,...
article Suppression effort rallies Native American voters
(North Dakota) -- When North Dakota's strict new voter-identification law went into effect for the 2016 election, people on the reservation of the Turtle Mountain...

11/2/2018

article After new voter ID law, Native American group concerned over precinct boundaries
(North Dakota) -- In North Dakota, where a new voter ID requirement has spurred Native American voter rights group to ensure every election ballot will count, there'...
article Judge Denies North Dakota Tribe’s Request To Block Voter ID Law
(North Dakota) -- A federal judge on Thursday denied a request from an American Indian tribe in North Dakota to block the state’s voter ID law just days before the...
article Native American voting addressed by state officials, tribes
(North Dakota) -- The state of North Dakota and tribal governments say they are working to make sure all eligible citizens can vote.
article New voter ID restriction in North Dakota threatens hundreds of Natives’ ability to vote
(North Dakota) -- Hundreds of Native American voters may now be unable to vote in North Dakota this Election Day because of a new rule that requires their addresses in a...
article North Dakota's Tribal Liaison Says Voter ID Law Can Be Met
(North Dakota) -- North Dakota's top election official and the state's tribal liaison on Friday downplayed any potential difficulty for Native Americans to vote...
article North Dakota’s Voter ID Law Disproportionately Affects Native Americans. Here’s How They’re Mobilizing to Fight It
(North Dakota) -- OJ Semans has been driving nearly a thousand miles through North Dakota Indian Country to mobilize voters and troubleshoot voting hurdles in the final...
article Two MHA members challenge tribal voting requirement for those who live off reservation
(North Dakota) -- Two members of the Three Affiliated Tribes are challenging a requirement that tribal voters who reside off the reservation are required to return to...
article Ballot suppression and hidden taxes
(Utah) -- Tammie Nakai lives under a vista of red-rock spires and purple sunrise sky that offers arguably some of the United States’ most breathtaking views. But...
article Former U.S. Attorney For ND Says Voters’ Address Issues Continue With Central Voter File
(North Dakota) -- Amid issues that North Dakotans won’t be able to vote if they don’t have an address on their ID, Republican Secretary of State Al Jaeger...
article Voter ID law may prevent some Native Americans from voting
(Washington D.C.) -- The US Supreme Court recently upheld a state law in North Dakota that demands voters have ID cards with residential addresses. But many Native...
article US midterms: How widespread is voter suppression?
(Washington D.C.) -- With less than a week until midterm elections, civil rights groups and voting advocacy organisations in several US states have sounded the alarm on...
article As GOP Attacks Voting Rights, Federal Court Rulings Enable Suppression Days Ahead of Midterms
(USA) -- Federal judges in two states confirmed civil rights advocates' worst fears in twin rulings on Thursday, both declining to block voter suppression efforts...
article Judges Are Telling Minority Voters They’re Probably Being Disenfranchised, but It’s Too Late to Do Anything About It
(USA) -- In separate rulings on Thursday, two federal courts had the same message for minority voters making credible claims of potential disenfranchisement: Your...

11/1/2018

article Federal Judge Allows North Dakota Republicans to Block Native Americans From Voting
(North Dakota) -- A federal judge rejected on Thursday a lawsuit brought by Native American voters disenfranchised by North Dakota’s draconian voter ID law. The...

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