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.

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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.

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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.

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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.”

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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.