Luján’s Native American Voting Rights Bill In Committee

 

Assistant Speaker Ben Ray Luján,(D-NM), U.S. House of Representatives

 

Bipartisan Native American Voting Rights Act (NAVRA) will be heard in the House Administration Committee’s Subcommittee on Elections.

NAVRA – and fighting for equal access to the ballot box – has been a major priority for the congressman. Last year, the congressman fought for the passage of H.R. 1 and H.R. 4 to bolster voting access and address voter disenfranchisement that too often impacts communities of color and Native communities.

Key provisions of the bill include:

  • Establishing a Native American Voting Rights Task Force to bolster voter registration, education, and participation in Native communities;
  • Providing necessary resources to improve access to voting;
  • Addressing the devastating effects Shelby County v. Holder by prohibiting states from undertaking discriminatory actions without Department of Justice agreement and government-to-government consultation;
  • Authorizing Tribal ID cards to be used for voting purposes.

New Mexico Support:

  • New Mexico Secretary of State Maggie Toulouse Oliver,
  • Navajo Nation President Jonathan Nez,
  • Isleta Pueblo Tribal Member Jacqueline De León

National Support — The bill has 94 co-sponsors in the House and is supported by the following organizations.

  • Native American Voting Rights Coalition,
  • Native American Rights Fund,
  • National Congress of American Indians,
  • Native American Voters Alliance,
  • Lakota People’s Law Project,
  • Tanana Chiefs Conference, and
  • More than 45 other national and regional organizations.