When the fifteenth amendment was passed in 1870, the United States granted all citizens the right to vote regardless of race — except women and Native people. While all women were granted the right to vote in 1920, Native people still couldn’t vote because they were not citizens. It wasn’t until the Indian Citizenship Act of 1924 that granted Native people full citizenship. Since voter rights were governed by state law, Native people were still barred from voting until the Voting Rights Act of 1965 that outlawed exclusionary practices that “deny or abridge the right of any citizen of the United States to vote on account of race or color.” Although additional voter protections were legislated, Native voters remain disenfranchised by discriminatory practices in our traditional tribal territories. As highlighted in recent years, numerous state legislatures have passed new election laws that encourage voter suppression by imposing significant barriers to Native voters. Tribal members residing on reservations are historically targeted by discriminatory laws disenfranchising thousands of voters. Your vote is sacred. Your vote is healing. Will you join our movement to end voter suppression and heal voters?
Voter eligibility varies significantly for currently and formerly incarcerated voters from state to state. In most states, the secretary of state co-manages elections with local county registrar of voters, including providing information about voter eligibility. If you are ineligible to vote because of voter suppression laws preventing currently and formerly incarcerated citizens from voting, we encourage you to participate in the civic engagement process with your loved ones and local community. You have the power to host a ballot party, provide voter education resources and engage your network of supporters in the civic engagement process before, during and after election day. A ballot party is a place for you and your loved ones to gather and learn more about the issues and candidates in your community. A ballot party is a way to research and prepare for election day in a healing environment. All voters are encouraged to register or renew their registration in 2 minutes below! Please contact us with any questions!
We’re excited to provide the only voter guide designed to heal voters. Our voter guide enables voters to locate polling places, select ballot choices and print or email a personal voter guide for a smooth voter experience on election day! Our nonpartisan voter guide features candidate profiles, issue stances, endorsements and questionnaire responses. Led during a heightened era of Indigenous rights violations, Sacred Vote confronts historical and current threats to Native land and people by asking every candidate on the ballot about issues impacting Native people. Sacred Vote makes a significant effort to contact and solicit a response from all candidates featured in our nonpartisan voter guide regardless of political affiliation. Every candidate response will be published in our voter guide within 48 hours of completion. It’s time to vote for healing in our homelands. We encourage voters to engage the candidates featured in our voter guide. Please thank or encourage all candidates for their participation. Please contact us about any obstacles on election day.
Are you living to vote? Let’s be clear, a thriving democracy existed before the founding of this country. We are harnessing today’s innovations to renew a civil society rooted in the Indigenous traditions of our homelands. Disenfranchising communities from civic engagement for hundreds of years requires voter reparation. Your vote doesn’t begin or end at the polls. Our land and people depend on your civic leadership every day. Living to vote means advocating for equitable and sustainable communities while dismantling and repairing the broken systems in our democracy. Join us as we grow and deepen our impact through an innovative model of organizing to support a network of intergenerational civic leaders shaping narratives that counteract generations of voter suppression. Please stay tuned for exciting announcements about additional resources to support your path of civic healing. Sign up with your email address to receive the latest news and updates from our community.