Equal Voting Rights for All? Speak Out.
Categories: Civil Rights/ Voting Rights
With growing concerns over voter suppression and voting rights violations, the Native American Voting Rights Coalition will be holding several field hearings in upcoming months across Indian Country. The goal of the hearings is to identify and document the obstacles indigenous voters continue to face. The next hearing will cover the Great Lakes Region which will include Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, and Wisconsin, and will be held October 16 from 8:15-1:15 at NCAI’s annual convention in Milwaukee,WI.
We want to hear about your experience in voter registration and voting in federal, state, and local (non-tribal) elections. Issues to be addressed include whether Native voters have opportunities in their communities that are equal to those of non-Natives or if they experience discrimination in:
- Location of voter registration and voting
- Voter identification requirements
- Vote-by-mail and early voting
- Poll worker opportunities
- Treatment at the polls
- Language barriers
- Other discrimination
Witnesses will include tribal leaders, advocates, and voters. If you would like to testify or want more information, please register to attend or submit testimony: email@example.com
Monday, October 16, 2017 (8:15am-1:15pm)
Bismarck Event Center | Tree Meeting Rooms | 315 South 5th Street | Bismarck, ND 58504
Voting Rights in Indian Country
The Native American Voting Rights Coalition is an alliance of national and grassroots organizations, scholars, and activists advocating for equal access for Native Americans to the political process. It is holding field hearings throughout Indian Country to document barriers to registration and voting in non-tribal elections. Information from the hearings will help promote public education, identify policy solutions, and advance other legal remedies to expand Native access to voting.
The first hearing addressed the Midwestern region and was held Tuesday, September 5, in Bismark, ND. Read about the testimony given at that event.
If you would like to learn more about Native voting rights and NARF’s work to ensure those rights, please visit our page on the Native American Voting Rights Coalition.