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The Native American Voting Rights bill – ‘What’s Old Is New Again’: Advocates Say Tribal Voting Hurdles Remain – State of North Dakota, tribes agree to settle voter ID lawsuits

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As witnesses testify on difficulties facing the Native vote, Democratic lawmakers call for Congress to pass the Native American Voting Rights bill.

Voting barriers for Native Americans have always existed, but polling cutbacks, discriminatory voter ID laws and lack of funding for elections are making things worse, advocates told a House panel Tuesday.

“What was old is new again,” said Rep. Marcia L. Fudge, D-Ohio, who chaired the hearing. “It is not only appropriate, but necessary, to hold a few hearings and make up for lost time.”

The hearing came the same day a federal appeals court agreed to temporarily let Arizona restore its ban on “ballot-harvesting” – when one person collects another’s ballot – a tool that advocates said can increase voter turnout among groups like Native Americans.

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