Remote Ballot Boxes Are Removed

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Native American communities saw a removal of remote ballot drop boxes as a ‘cost-saving measure’ despite protests from community members. One tribal leader described how, upon the move to all vote by mail former polling centers were not replaced with ballot drop boxes, which he took to be as a sign of disrespect. He urged ‘…the local, county, state, election officials must look at tribes as governments, pure and simple. They are not. They are looking at us as an inconvenience. Every place Colville had a polling place in the past, they need to have a dropbox today. That is---that goes without saying. It is crazy that they penalize them by not giving them access maybe like other rural communities around the state.

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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