Suppression of Native American Votes

( – promoted by navajo)

Cross posted on the Daily Kos

Some people around here know me as the fundraiser for the Pretty Bird Woman House. Since I became involved with the shelter I’ve become more aware of Native American issues in general.

Suppression of the Native American vote has a long history in this country, along with suppression of every other human right in the book.

So it should be no surprise that today reports are starting to come in through Daily Kos diarists too. Right now, there’s a diary on suppression of Apache votes in Arizona on the rec list, and I noticed a comment complaining about general voter suppression on 2 reservations in South Dakota (which is too general to really verify).

So, what I’d like to do is create a separate space for people to report voter suppression and voting machine problems in Indian Country. I’ll then check back periodically (I’m going to leave shortly to volunteer for Obama) on it today.  

The goal is to be able to report all these irregularities to Native Vote, which organized Native American voter protection efforts in coordination with Election Protection.  At the end of the day we’ll be able to see if there are any patterns if enough people contribut their stories.

Thanks folks.

Remember, there are two major numbers to call in addition to commenting here if you do have problems, or know of people who have.

Just a reminder:

First, 1-866-OUR-VOTE. This year the Election Protection team has lawyers volunteering to work with Native American voters, if you ask for them when you call. This is thanks to Native Vote.

Second, of course, the Obama hotline is incredibly well prepared. Call 1-877-US-4-OBAMA (1-877-874-6226)

THIS article by Georgia10 has all the relevant information too.

NO MATTER WHO YOU ARE, DON’T GIVE UP!! INSIST ON YOUR RIGHTS!!

Did you encounter any problems at the polls today?

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