Physical Addresses Are A Barrier To Voting

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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. However, the identification must have a mailing address in order to be accepted. This is problematic because many tribal members, such as those living on the Crow Creek Reservation in Buffalo County, do not have a mailing address and instead receive mail at a physical address.

Source: The Comprehensive Field Hearing Report On Historical and Contemporary Barriers to Political Participation by Native American Voters. Boulder, CO: Native American Rights Fund, February 2020.

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