Act now to protect the right to vote!
Representative Mark Noland has introduced a bill (HB 406) that would make it harder for Indigenous People living on rural reservations to access the ballot.
This bill is a near-replica of the Ballot Interference Prevention Act. BIPA imposed severe restrictions on ballot collection efforts that are critical to Indigenous voters living on rural reservations. Last year, after we partnered with the Native American Rights Fund to sue the state of Montana, BIPA was struck down as unconstitutional.
Here's how ballot collection efforts help voters living on rural reservations access the ballot: Rural tribal communities often work with get-out-the-vote organizers who collect and transport ballots to election offices that would otherwise be inaccessible because of distance, lack of access to transportation, or other socio-economic barriers. These ballot collection efforts are often the only way Indigenous people living on rural reservations can access the vote.
Similar to BIPA, HB 406 would effectively end ballot collection efforts, disenfranchising Indigenous voters en masse.
Tell your legislator not to make it harder for Indigenous people living on rural reservations to vote. Instead of setting up barriers, the state should be taking steps to make it easier for people to vote, especially those who have been, and continue to be, systematically disenfranchised.
Tell your legislator to vote 'no' on HB 406.
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