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Litigation: Brnovich v. DNC (US Supreme Court)

Litigation: Brnovich v. DNC (US Supreme Court)

On July 1, 2021, the U.S. Supreme Court released a decision in Brnovich v. DNC that upheld two Arizona voting policies that make it harder for people—and especially people of color and Native Americans—to vote. NARF Staff Attorney Jacqueline De León reacted, “Today’s decision acknowledged the inequitable burden created by Arizona’s laws, including specifically upon Native voters, but indicated that it was not inequitable enough to matter. Since when have our American ideals been that discriminatory policy is okay as long as it is just a little discrimination? It is now up to Congress to clearly defend the ideal that every vote and every voice…
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Video: The Right to Vote: North Dakota

The North Dakota legislature passed a bill that required all registered voters to have a voter ID that included a permanent street address. Some saw this change in the law as an attempt to limit the Native American vote. The law especially affects Native Americans because customary addresses are not the norm on the state’s five reservations. In response, tribal activists and allies mobilized the Standing Rock community. That get-out-the-vote drive resulted in a record voter turnout in 2018. See the full Right to Vote film at publicsquaremedia.org/right-to-vote/
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North Dakota voter ID law

North Dakota voter ID law

On April 24, 2017, North Dakota Governor Doug Burgum signed House Bill 1369.  This restrictive voter ID law put North Dakota beyond the norms of voter ID laws and violated the constitutional rights of the state’s citizens. Just like North Dakota’s previous law, which was found unconstitutional by a federal court, this law made it harder for some citizens—specifically Native American citizens—to exercise their right to vote.  Despite a nationwide outcry during the 2018 election cycle, North Dakota’s discriminatory voter ID law remained on the books. Finally, in February 2020, the Secretary of State agreed to settle two federal voting…
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