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Bill passes House to look at, improve voting access on Native Lands

Bill passes House to look at, improve voting access on Native Lands

Kenneth Mahan
March 10, 2017 08:01 PM

Representative Derrick Lente’s bill to increase access to ballot boxes on Native Lands passed the New Mexico House unanimously.

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The bill would convene a Native American voting task force to make a recommendation to the New Mexico Secretary of State on the status of Native American voting in the state.

“Voter participation is one of the most important responsibilities we have as citizens, and everyone should have access to the ballot,” said Rep. Lente. “We know that Native communities face unique challenges when facilitating elections and my bill will make sure every Native American has the same access to voting as everyone else.”

The voting information task force would consist of a member from the Navajo Nation, Jicarilla Apache Nation, Mescalero Apache Tribe, a Pueblo member, and a Native American member from an urban area. A press release from the New Mexico Legislature says the makeup of the task force would help gain a comprehensive look and knowledge that would be used to improve voting education and information.

The bill passed the House with a vote of 63 to 0 and now moves to the Senate for consideration. 

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Kenneth Mahan

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