Early voting is already taking place in many states, including Nevada. However, voting will not be an easy task for Native American tribes in this state. Some tribes will have to travel over 200 miles just to vote. Nine tribes have requested that polling stations be opened on the reservations.
A federal judge has demanded that Nevada provide two tribes with polling stations. These tribes have filed a lawsuit and complained that they had to travel over 100 miles to get to a polling station. The state of Nevada recently denied the Native American Tribes’s request. However, the federal judge agreed to grant the tribes’s request on October 7, 2016.
The judge explained the decision to grant the tribes’s request. The judge stated that studies have shown that the further a person has to travel, the less likely he or she is to vote.
Many tribes will have a place to vote. However, Four Directions, which is a voting rights group, stated that Native Americans need to have more places to vote. They also stated that the lack of polling places violates the Voting Rights Act. Bret Healy, who is a member of Four Directions, stated that the group is committed to making sure that all of the Native American tribes have a place to vote.
Categories: Native American Tribes, Travel To Vote, Voting Rights Act