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US Election 2020: Native American Voters Demand Better Ballot Access


October 19, 2020

With voters already lining up to cast early ballots across America ahead of the Nov. 3 general election, Native American voters whose ancestors called this land home before there was a U.S. president told The Associated Press they must overcome undue barriers of distance and language just to do their civic duty.

"If the middle class white people had to go through the same barriers that natives do throughout the United States in Indian country the turnout for those voters would plummet also," says OJ Semans.

Seamans is a Rosebud Sioux tribe member, a liberal voter and executive director of nonpartisan South Dakota-based voting rights group, Four Directions.


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