Native American Voting Practices in New Mexico: How Do We Promote an Inclusive Democracy in the COVID-19 Era?

By Common Cause New Mexico

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The spread of COVID-19 has fundamentally changed the accessibility and safety of voting for tribal communities in New Mexico. This study aims to identify barriers confronting Native American voters during the pandemic, determine what information/support would encourage Native American voter participation and recommend strategies to ensure voting systems are accessible in future elections.Drawing on research from Native American advocacy organizations nationwide, this report will explain current obstacles to voting experienced by tribal communities and how the COVID-19 pandemic threatens to further disenfranchise Native American voters.

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