Democracy Docket: Montana Supreme Court Strikes Down Four Voter Suppression Laws

MARCH 27, 2024

Today in a sweeping 4-3 decision ahead of the 2024 elections, the Montana Supreme Court struck down four major voter suppression laws.

The laws — House Bill 176,  House Bill 530House Bill 506  and Senate Bill 169 — which eliminated Election Day registration, banned paid ballot collection and curtailed other forms of ballot return assistance, prohibit the mailing of ballots to new voters who will be eligible to vote on Election Day but are not yet 18  and made it more difficult to vote with a student ID, respectively, were struck down for violating the state’s constitution.

Read the full story from Democracy Docket. 

Brookings: Murdered and missing women is the top issue facing Native American communities heading into the 2024 elections

FEBRUARY 15, 2024

This election season, Native American voters will play an important role by influencing the outcome of several Senate and congressional races across the country, which also means they will influence who wins electoral college votes in several states. What remains unknown is how the two major presidential candidates will respond to top issues affecting Native American voters and their communities.

Read the full story from The Brookings Institute.

NPR: In Arizona, these young Native American voters seize their political power

FEBRUARY 1, 2024

Young and Native voters could make or break the 2024 election in Arizona for President Biden. Four years ago, both groups helped Biden win the state by just 11,400 votes, making him the first Democratic candidate to carry Arizona in over 20 years.

This year, these voters are expected to not only be influential in the race for the White House but also for control of Congress.

In between, there are young, Native voters deciding how to use their electoral power.

Read the full story on NPR.

NPR: Advocates work to get Native American voters registered in the key state of Arizona


JANUARY 11, 2024

PHOENIX — Alta Edison was born on top of a hill.

It’s a story she told her grandchildren. And it’s an important detail as to why at first she couldn’t vote.

“Since the beginning, she had challenges to vote,” Ashley Edison, 23 and a member of the Navajo Nation, said about her grandmother. “She wasn’t able to get an ID because she didn’t have a birth certificate. … She didn’t have an address because their home was a PO Box.”

Read the full story on NPR.

Native News Online: Court Orders North Dakota to Restore Native Voting Power Without Delay

JANUARY 09, 2024

Native Vote 2024. A North Dakota court has affirmed the voting rights of the state’s Native Americans yesterday. 

After North Dakota elected officials failed to redraw state electoral maps to ensure Native Americans are not denied a fair opportunity to elect state legislators, the U.S. District Court for the District of North Dakota ordered fair maps into place that will end the unlawful dilution of votes cast by Native Americans. In the same order, the court also denied the North Dakota Legislature’s latest attempts to delay implementation of new state legislative maps.

Read the full story from Native News Online.


State of Louisiana Elections and Voting

Election Day is November 5

  • October 7                    Deadline to register to vote via mail or in person
  • October 15                  Deadline to register to vote via the online portal
  • October 18                  First day of early voting
  • October 29                  Last day of early voting
  • November 1                Deadline to request an absentee ballot
  • November 4                Deadline for election authority to receive absentee ballot
  • November 5                Election Day


To register to vote in Louisiana, you must:

  • Be a U.S. citizen,
  • Be at least eighteen (18) years of age on Election Day (17 years olds can register to vote, and 16 year olds can register if registering in person at the Registrar of Voters Office or at the Louisiana Office of Motor Vehicles)
  • Be a resident of Louisiana, and a resident of the parish in which you want to vote.
  • Must not be serving a sentence of imprisonment due to a felony conviction
  • Must not be subject to a judgment of full interdiction for mental incompetence or partial interdiction with suspension of your voting rights.


How to register to vote:

  • Online: Registering to vote or changing your registration is easy using the GeauxVote Online Registration System.
  • In person: Apply in person to register to vote at any Registrar of Voters Office or in one of the following locations: Louisiana Office of Motor Vehicles; Louisiana Department of Children and Family Services; WIC offices; food stamp offices; Medicaid offices; offices serving persons with disabilities such as the Deaf Action Centers and Independent Living Offices; or Armed Forces recruitment offices.
  • By mail: Apply by mail by downloading the Louisiana Voter Registration Application, completing it and mailing it to your local Registrar of Voters Office. Please note that the list of offices for registrars of voters is also included on the form. You may also register by using a National Mail Voter Registration Form.


Voter ID Requirements

Each voter is required to identify themselves by giving their name and address to a commissioner and by presenting a photo ID, including one of the following:

  • a driver’s license
  • a Louisiana Special ID
  • LA Wallet digital driver’s license
  • a United States military identification card that contains your name and picture
  • some other generally recognized picture ID that contains your name and signature.

If you do not have a driver’s license, Louisiana Special ID, a United States military identification card that contains your name and picture or some other generally recognized picture ID that contains your name and signature, you may still cast your vote by signature on a voter affidavit.

You may get a free Louisiana Special ID at the Office of Motor Vehicles by showing your voter information card. If you have misplaced your voter information card, contact your registrar of voters for a new one or print your own by logging into the Louisiana Voter Portal through the “Search by Voter” option.

Visit VoteRiders for more information about voter ID requirements in Louisiana.


Early In-Person Voting

You do not need a reason to vote early! All voters may vote early, just like they are voting on election day. Voters who want to vote early for any election may do so in person at designated locations in the their parish.

For a detailed list of early voting locations in your parish, login to the voter portal. For a complete list of early voting locations for the entire state, please refer to early voting locations.


Absentee Voting

Louisiana voters may only vote absentee if they provide an accepted reason. Click here to learn about accepted excuses. You can submit an application requesting an absentee ballot through our online system, or you may print an application and deliver it to your registrar of voters via mail, fax, or hand delivery. It is recommended that if you are going to request an absentee ballot, that you apply as soon as possible, as there is no start date to apply.

If you registered to vote online or by mail and you have not previously voted in the parish, you are not eligible to vote absentee and must vote in person the first time, either during early voting or on election day. Exceptions include:

  • military or overseas citizens;
  • senior citizens (65+);
  • people who are homebound because of a disability;
  • students, who submit a copy of student ID or fee bill with the request;
  • citizens who appear in the registrar of voters office before the election to verify identity; and
  • participants in the state’s address confidentiality program.




Tribes in Louisiana

Federally recognized tribes

  • Tunica-Biloxi Indian Tribe
  • Jena Band of Choctaw Indians
  • Coushatta Tribe of Louisiana
  • Chitimacha Tribe of Louisiana

State recognized tribes

  • Addai Caddo Tribe
  • Bayou Lafourche Band of Biloxi-Chitimache Confederation of Muskogees
  • Choctaw-Apache Community of Ebarb
  • Clifton-Choctaw
  • Four Winds Tribe, Louisiana Cherokee Confederacy
  • Grand Caillou/Dulac Band
  • Isle de Jean Charles Band
  • Louisiana Choctaw Tribe
  • Pointe-au-Chien Tribe
  • United Houma Nation

Native Vote Coordinators

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Major Party Contact Information

Chair, Katie Bernhardt

Chairman, Louis Gurvich


State of Texas Elections and Voting

Election Day is November 5

  • October 7                    Deadline to register to vote
  • October 21                  First day of early voting
  • October 25                  Deadline to apply for an absentee vote by mail ballot
  • November 1                 Last day of early voting
  • November 5                Election Day
  • November 6                Deadline for election authority to receive absentee vote by mail ballot at 5:00 p.m. if carrier envelope is postmarked by 7:00 p.m. at the location of the election on Election Day


To register to vote in Texas, you must:

  • Be a United States citizen
  • Be a resident of the county where you submit the application
  • Be 18 years of age on Election Day
  • Not be a convicted felon (you may be eligible to vote if you have completed your sentence, probation, and parole)
  • Not have been declared by a court exercising probate jurisdiction to be either totally mentally incapacitated or partially mentally incapacitated without the right to vote


How to register to vote:

  • Complete an application using the SOS ONLINE VOTER REGISTRATION APPLICATION. Simply fill in the required information, print, sign and mail the completed application directly to your county election office
  • Request a PRINTED APPLICATION. Our office will mail a postage-paid voter registration application to the address provided
  • Contact or visit your local VOTER REGISTRAR to complete the voter registration process.
  • You can register to vote online when renewing, replacing or changing your contact information for either of these cards through the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS).


Voter ID Requirements

Under Texas law, voters who possess one of the following seven acceptable forms of photo ID,  that is no more than four years expired (if you are over 70, the ID can be expired for any length of time) must present that ID at the polls when voting in person:

  • Texas Driver License issued by the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS)
  • Texas Election Identification Certificate issued by DPS
  • Texas Personal Identification Card issued by DPS
  • Texas Handgun License issued by DPS
  • United States Military Identification Card containing the person’s photograph
  • United States Citizenship Certificate containing the person’s photograph
  • United States Passport

Voters who do not possess and cannot reasonably obtain one of the seven approved forms of photo ID may fill out a Reasonable Impediment Declaration (RID) (PDF) at the polls and present one of the following alternative forms of ID:

  • copy or original of a government document that shows the voter’s name and an address, including the voter’s voter registration certificate
  • copy of or original current utility bill
  • copy of or original bank statement
  • copy of or original government check
  • copy of or original paycheck
  • copy of or original of (a) a certified domestic (from a U.S. state or territory) birth certificate or (b) a document confirming birth admissible in a court of law which establishes the voter’s identity (which may include a foreign birth document).

After presenting one of the forms of supporting ID listed above, the voter must execute a Reasonable Impediment Declaration.

Visit VoteRiders for more information on voter ID requirements in Texas.


Early Voting

You do not have to meet any special qualifications to vote early in person – if you are registered and qualified to vote on Election Day, you can also cast a ballot during the early voting period.


Absentee Voting

Voting by mail in Texas is limited to voters who are:

  • 65 years of age or older on Election Day
  • Sick or disabled
  • Expecting to give birth within three weeks before or after Election Day
  • Absent from the county of registration during the Early Voting period and on Election Day
  • Confined in Jail or Involuntary Civil Commitment

You can get a formal application for a ballot by mail (ABBM) from:

To vote by mail, you must provide ONE of the following numbers on your ABBM: (1) Texas Driver’s License, Texas Personal Identification Number or Election Identification Certificate Number issued by the Texas Department of Public Safety (NOT your voter registration VUID number); OR (2) If you have not been issued one of the numbers above, the last 4 digits of your Social Security Number.

If you have not been issued a Texas Driver’s License, Texas Personal Identification Number or Texas Election Identification Certificate Number or a Social Security Number, you must indicate so by checking the appropriate box on the ABBM.

Address your application to the Early Voting Clerk. Applications mailed to an address other than the Early Voting Clerk may be rejected.




Tribes in Texas

Federally Recognized Tribes

  • Alabama-Coushatta Tribe of Texas
  • Kickapoo Traditional Tribe of Texas
  • Ysleta Del Sur Pueblo

State Recognized Tribes

  • None


Native Vote Coordinators

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Major Party Contact Information

Chair, Gilberto Hinjosa

Chair, Matt Rinaldi