In the past, Native American voters have expressed worries over different barriers to their voting rights. Particularly they argued that voter ID was an important impediment to their access to the polling place. Montana has now introduced a bill that seeks to establish a Native American Voting Rights Act. Nora Mabie reported this story in the Great Falls Tribune. Here is an excerpt:
Introduced in committee on Wednesday, a Native American Voting Rights Act bill will generally revise election procedures on reservations to reduce barriers to voting in Indigenous communities.
Sponsored by Rep. Sharon Stewart-Peregoy, D-Crow Agency, House Bill 613 would require at least two permanent satellite election offices for each federally recognized tribe and require precinct polling place notices to include locations on reservations. It would also authorize the use of nontraditional addresses for voters.
“This (bill) is very important in the respect that it’s really looking at ensuring our rights as citizens are not undercut,” said Stewart-Peregoy.
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