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.