In 2020, the Native American Voting Rights Coalition published “Obstacles at Every Turn: Barriers to Political Participation Faced by Native American Voters” as a compilation of the historic and current inequality of voting rights in Indian Country. Starting in 2015, the coalition conducted field hearings across the continental United States and Alaska to develop a more complete understanding of how Native Americans face unique challenges in registering to vote, casting votes, and exercising political power. Although it's commonly understood that voting is easier to do now than ever before, the hearings revealed this to be untrue for many Native Americans. The report discovered a multitude of factors that prohibit equal political participation, including but not limited to geographical isolation, poor infrastructure, technological barriers, language, low levels of education, depressed socioeconomic conditions, voter identification requirements, unequal access to in-person voter registration, lack of pre-election information, cultural or political isolation, and voter...
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Research Article| January 01 2023
Native American Voting Rights in Utah: Federal Policy, Citizenship, and Voter Suppression
Kyler T. Wakefield
Kyler T. Wakefield
KYLER T. WAKEFIELD is a current student in the Master of Public Service program at Utah Valley University. He graduated summa cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts in History and a minor in American Indian Studies from Utah Valley University in 2020. His research interests include Indigenous history, colonialism, and public history.
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Utah Historical Quarterly (2023) 91 (1): 4–22.
Kyler T. Wakefield; Native American Voting Rights in Utah: Federal Policy, Citizenship, and Voter Suppression. Utah Historical Quarterly 1 January 2023; 91 (1): 4–22. doi: https://doi.org/10.5406/26428652.91.1.01
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