Justice Department eyes voting reforms for American Indians

May 21, 2015 5:10 PM by Associated Press

The U.S. Department of Justice wants to improve access to voting for American Indians and Alaska Natives.

Justice Department officials said Thursday the department would seek legislation requiring states with Native American reservations or other tribal lands to locate at least one polling place in a venue selected by tribal governments.

The department sent a letter to Congress with a legislative proposal that also would require states to make voting machines, ballots, and other voting materials and equipment available at these tribally located polling places as they are at other polling places.

Attorney General Loretta Lynch says the changes are needed because "significant and unnecessary barriers" for American Indians and Alaska Natives who seek to cast ballots.

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