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Native Americans in Nevada will have to travel almost 100 miles round-trip to vote


For two Native American tribes in northern Nevada, casting an early ballot next month will require multiple hours, access to a car, and a tank full of gas.

Those two tribes, the Pyramid Lake Paiutes and Walker River Paiutes, filed a lawsuit in federal court last week demanding that Nevada establish satellite election offices on their reservations so they have the same ballot access as white members of their community.

Both tribes argue that the lack of voter registration offices and early voting locations on their reservations hurts Native American voter turnout. In order to register to vote or cast a ballot in-person before Election Day, the roughly 1,700 Pyramid Lake Paiutes and over 1,200 Walter River Paiutes have to travel 96 miles round-trip and 70 miles round-trip respectively to the closest early voting location at the county clerks’ offices.


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