How Native American Voters Have Affected Election Results
November 9, 2020
NPR's Mary Louise Kelly talks with Tara Benally, field director for Rural Utah Project, about how the Indigenous vote in Arizona has played a role in flipping the key swing state.
MARY LOUISE KELLY, HOST:
Well, when all the votes are counted, the winning margin in Arizona may be quite slim. And those who watch Arizona politics may be left reflecting on the impact of more than a dozen events featuring free tacos and frybread.
This has to do with Native Americans, especially those living on Navajo Nation in the northeast corner of the state. Voter registration is a big issue there. Many people aren't assigned a physical address. So a group called the Rural Utah Project work to register and turn out Indigenous voters on the Navajo Nation. They have been driving across the reservation, holding voter registration events and, yes, offering free food. Since last year, they have managed to register more than 4,000 Native American voters in Arizona.