A bill to protect Native American voting rights ahead of the 2020 presidential election is under consideration in the U.S. House of Representatives, led by members of the New Mexico congressional delegation.
The Native American Voting Rights Act, currently in the House Administration Committee’s Subcommittee on Elections, aims to increase voting access and tackle voter disenfranchisement in Native communities and communities of color. The bill was introduced in the House by Rep. Ben Ray Luján, D-N.M., and in the Senate by Sen. Tom Udall, D-N.M.
“As a nation, we have still not fulfilled commitments to tribes to work with them on a government-to-government basis to protect Native voting rights,” Luján said in remarks on Tuesday. “This is a great injustice, and one that allows the longstanding disenfranchisement of Native voters to continue.”
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