American Indian Law Clinic: Native Voter Education

Program Contact

Christina Stanton

Director, American Indian Law Clinic


The Natives Vote website provides information tailored to Native voters, including 1) checking one’s registration status, 2) registering to vote, 3)  mail-in ballot laws, 4)  identifying polling locations and hours of operation, 5) ensuring one’s identification complies with voter ID requirements.

 In 2018, in response to a change in North Dakota voter ID requirements that occurred only weeks prior to the November midterm elections, community partners organized, trained, and dispatched thirty non-partisan election observers at polling places cross the state to ensure tribal members were able to vote amid the confusing and changing laws. In 2020, the project expanded to launch a national Natives Vote website with culturally relevant and easily accessible information about the voting process. This project continues the success of previous Natives Vote work.

In 2020, the impact of targeted voter outreach to Native communities was clear. Despite the global pandemic and fears of decreased voter participation, many states reported record turnout. This was especially true in Indian Country. For example, in South Dakota every single reservation county had higher turnout than 2016, and six out eight counties had their highest turnout since 2008.

The challenges Native voters faced in previous years remain. Voting laws are not stagnant, and the need for aggregated information on the changing voting landscape is as great as ever. The Natives Vote project addresses this need, attempting to make all stages of casting a vote as simple as possible.



  • Publication of Natives Vote Website

    Additional Info

    The website can be found at


    online resource



    Public or Private

    Public Program (open to the public)

    Program Fee

    No charge to attend/participate in activity or program

Sponsoring Units

  • School of Law

  • American Indian Law Clinic

Program Partners

  • First Peoples Worldwide
  • IllumiNative
  • Native Organizers Alliance
  • Natives Vote 2022

Audiences Served

  • Government
  • Historically Excluded/Marginalized/Non-dominant Group(s)
  • Native American/American Indian
  • Rural Communities