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Native Americans were not allowed to vote in Arizona until 1948, when the Arizona Supreme Court overturned a long standing ban on Indian voting. Arizona’s Native Americans continued to be excluded from the ballot until 1970 when English literacy tests were outlawed. Unfortunately, many Native peoples in Arizona continue to experience voting difficulties. The Native Vote Election Protection Project was designed to provide a resource to Arizona’s tribal communities and tribal members in order to ensure access to the polls and to prevent voter disenfranchisement.
The Arizona Native Vote Election Protection Project is led by the Indian Legal Clinic at the Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law at Arizona State University in partnership with the Inter Tribal Council of Arizona, the National Congress of American Indians, and the Native American Bar Association of Arizona. Native Vote Arizona is a state member of Native Vote, a nonpartisan campaign initiated by the National Congress of American Indians (NCAI).
A hotline has been established for Arizona tribal communities and tribal members. This hotline is used to identify problems before they arise, answer voter questions, and trouble shoots voting problems on Election Day. This line will be staffed in the days leading up to the election and on Election Day.
If you experience difficulty voting on Election Day or have questions about voting, please call our Hotline at 1-888-777-3831.
If you are interested in volunteering on Election Day, November 3, 2020, sign up here (you can choose the time and location!).
A training session will be held for volunteers on a date to be determined, at the ASU Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law, located at 111 E. Taylor St. (Dinner will be provided).
Thank you for your support