Show Your Support for Native Voting Rights: A Social Media Toolkit

Background:

The United States has a trust responsibility to enact voting rights legislation to protect the constitutionally guaranteed right of Native Americans to vote. Despite the Indian Citizenship Act in 1924 and the Nationality Act in 1940, Native American voters continue to face unique challenges when exercising their right to vote, including, but not limited to, the adverse effects of voter suppression, partisan gerrymandering, disparate treatment, and discriminatory tactics.

Tellingly, in voting rights litigation, Native Americans have won an astounding 90+% of the cases they have brought. Federal legislation is sorely needed to establish baseline, consistent standards for voting in Indian Country, particularly given that Native Americans continue to incur costly legal fees to defend their right to franchise from state and county laws and practices that seek to disenfranchise Native American voters.

The Frank Harrison, Elizabeth Peratrovich, and Miguel Trujillo Native American Voting Rights Act of 2021 (NAVRA) was introduced in the Senate on August 10, 2021, and in the House on August 13, 2021. On October 5, 2021, the Senate introduced a modified John R. Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act (S.4), which now incorporates the Native American Voting Rights Act (NAVRA) as part of the bill.

In order to protect voting rights, any legislation passed must address the distinct issues confronting Native American voters, including:

o Geographic isolation, often with lack of reliable transportation and poor access to distant polling and registration locations
o Non-traditional mailing addresses, overcrowded housing, homelessness, and housing instability
o Lack of residential mail delivery and limited access to post offices
o Lack of access to affordable and reliable broadband service
o Native language translation needs, including non-written, during voting process
o Strong socioeconomic challenges, such as poverty and unemployment
o Historic and ongoing mistrust of state and local governments

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Draft Text To Use: Native American voters continue to face unique challenges when exercising their right to vote, including, but not limited to, the adverse effects of voter suppression, partisan gerrymandering, disparate treatment, and discriminatory tactics. This is why the John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act needs to be passed. Learn more: vote.narf.org

What The John R. Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act Does

Draft Text To Use: Native American voters continue to face unique challenges when exercising their right to vote, including, but not limited to, the adverse effects of voter suppression, partisan gerrymandering, disparate treatment, and discriminatory tactics. This is why the John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act needs to be passed. Learn more: vote.narf.org

Obstacles Native Voters Face

Draft Text To Use: Native American voters continue to face unique challenges when exercising their right to vote, including, but not limited to, the adverse effects of voter suppression, partisan gerrymandering, disparate treatment, and discriminatory tactics. This is why the John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act needs to be passed. Learn more: vote.narf.org