NCAI report cites concerns about voter ID laws in certain states
Posted: Tuesday, October 23, 2012
Voter identification laws pose "significant barriers" to American Indians and Alaska Native voters in six states, the National Congress of American Indians
said in a report on Monday.
Alaska, Florida, Michigan, Minnesota, South Dakota, and Wisconsin require voters to present photo identification at the polls. All are states with a significant number of American Indians and Alaska Natives.
Two states in particular -- Alaska, where Alaska Natives make up 16 percent of the population, and Florida -- won't accept tribal IDs at the pools.
A third state, Minnesota, is considering a law that could leave out tribal cards.
“We will not be deterred – Indian Country is focused on turning out the largest Native vote in history this year – and this report helps us focus our protection and education efforts. Voter ID laws and photo ID laws are a major concern and we are working to make sure Native voters have the information they need to make their voice heard,” NCAI President Jefferson Keel said in a press release
The NCAI report also highlighted barriers that Native voters face in obtaining a valid ID to vote in these states.
A lack of street addresses on reservations and Alaska Native villages is one issue that could hinder turnout, the group said.
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