The Supreme Court had an opportunity to protect our right to vote at a critical moment in our history, but instead decided to let discriminatory voting policies in Arizona stand making it harder for Indigenous, Black & Brown communities to vote. — Northeast Arizona Native Democrats
The Supreme Court had an opportunity to protect our right to vote at a critical moment in our history, but instead decided to let discriminatory voting policies in Arizona stand making it harder for Indigenous, Black & Brown communities to vote. — Northeast Arizona Native Democrats
Native Americans fear Supreme Court ruling on Arizona voting law will create barriers
President Joe Biden became the first Democrat to win the presidential race in Arizona since Bill Clinton in 1996. His 49% was the largest vote share for any Democrat in the state since Lyndon Johnson in 1964. The about 4-point difference between the national vote (Biden by about 4 points) and Arizona's vote (Biden by 0.3 points) is the best for a Democrat since 1948, when Harry Truman won.

Navajo Nation was largely credited with helping Biden win the reliably red state. Roughly 75% of Arizona's Native residents voted for Biden, according to an analysis by the Arizona Republic. Maricopa County, where many of the state's tribal communities are located, was key to Biden's victory.

The provisions upheld by the Supreme Court state that in-person ballots cast at the wrong precinct on Election Day must be completely discarded and that only family caregivers, mail carriers and election officials can deliver another person's ballot to a polling place.

Justice Samuel Alito, who delivered the majority opinion, said the provisions were necessary to prevent fraud.

... The Northeast Arizona Native Democrats said in a Twitter post that the Supreme Court ruling was "disappointing." But the organization said that Native organizers would be "critical for defeating AZ voter suppression tactics & upholding democracy."

"The Supreme Court had an opportunity to protect our right to vote at a critical moment in our history, but instead decided to let discriminatory voting policies in Arizona stand making it harder for Indigenous, Black & Brown communities to vote," Northeast Arizona Native Democrats wrote.


Young said she will not let the court's ruling deter her organizing efforts. She plans to start early, work harder and continue her "Ride to the Polls" program to ensure Native Americans turn out for midterm elections.

"They are afraid of our power, and they see that we have power in numbers," Young said. "We are showing up and we are no longer going to be invisible or silent."
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