Voter Stories

Our voices matter. As we approach the 2020 election, we must share our stories to spark change.

Montana
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Voter Registration Application

In Montana, the number of registration cards accepted by county officials from Native community organizations was arbitrarily limited to 70 after community organizers were hassled and given ‘dirty looks’ for

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Utah
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Vote flags

San Juan County switched to a vote-by-mail system to take away all language assistance. No translations were provided to LEP Navajos on ballot information, including candidates and initiatives. Only one

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South Dakota
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Moutain and Road

In some cases, election officials deliberately establish voting procedures that disqualify Native voters using non-traditional mailing addresses. In South Dakota, identification such as a driver’s license is required to vote

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North Carolina
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Lanisha Bratcher was finishing breakfast at home one morning at the end of July when there was a knock on her door. She had been discharged from the hospital the

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Maryland
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Red Vote sign

Regaining his voting rights meant a great deal to Marlo Hargrove as both a citizen and a father. Felony disenfranchisement had prevented him from voting on issues that had an

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Georgia
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Georgia Voters

The intimidation doesn't stop on Election Day. On November 13th, a week after the election, in the rotunda of the Georgia Capitol Building, 15 peaceful protestors were arrested simply for

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Georgia
GA
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Voter Registration Form

Dr. Carlos del Rio had correctly written his last name as “del Rio” on his voter registration form, but the Georgia DMV does not allow spaces between names, so his

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Ohio
OH
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Flag and stickers

​​​​​So frequent changes to election administration procedure has a disproportionate effect on new Americans. Therefore, it is important for the government to consider the impact that these challenges have on

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Georgia
GA
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Linda Marshall is a retired professor who formerly taught government and recently moved to Georgia from Virginia. She registered to vote months before the deadline, but her name did not

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Arizona
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In Guadalupe, Arizona, located 100 miles from the border, there was a border patrol van parked in the parking lot of the polling location. A poll watcher recalled there

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