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Statement: Supreme Court’s Refusal to Protect Native Americans’ Voting Rights Is Shameful

October 11, 2018

In response to the Supreme Court’s refusal to rule on a challenge to the North Dakota voter ID law that disenfranchises thousands of Native American voters, Page Gardner, founder of the Voter Participation Center, released the following statement:

“The ability to make our voices heard through voting is at the core of our democracy. Yet, shamefully, our country is denying that right to people who long called this land home before our founding fathers ever set foot in North America. North Dakota’s discriminatory voter ID law will shut out thousands of Native American voters this election and in every election to come until it is overturned. It is a disgrace that the only way some powerful politicians believe they can be successful is by putting up barriers to the ballot box for those who might disagree with them. We are strongest when everyone is represented and suppressing the vote of thousands hurts the legitimacy of our democracy.”

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The Voter Participation Center registers and mobilizes the Rising American Electorate – unmarried women, people of color, and young people. VPC has registered nearly four million people since 2004 and works to inspire underrepresented groups to increase their civic engagement and permanently change the American electorate.

 

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