Nevada native American tribes fight ‘unequal’ voting laws

Does a long drive to a ballot box constitute illegal voter discrimination?

That’s the heart of a lawsuit by the Pyramid Lake and Walker River Paiute Tribes against Washoe County, Mineral County, and the Nevada secretary of State. The tribes claim that the counties have restricted voting access for members of the two native American tribes by failing to provide a nearby polling place.

To solve the problem, they are proposing that the state provide satellite polling centers on the reservations as well as in-person voter registration and early voting options for residents of the reservations. The state has not yet responded to the lawsuit. READ MORE.