Did Supreme Court rob Alaska Natives of their voice?
Anchorage Press reports that the U.S. Supreme Court, on June 25, struck down a portion of the federal Voting Rights Act that mandated the federal government pre-approve changes to Alaska elections laws and election procedures. Now, if a voter objects that a new state law or procedure is discriminatory, they would have to sue before the VRA could be enforced.
"They ended up going to the ANB hall, and getting an ANB representative to go with them and it was cleared up," she said. "So they were able to register to vote." But in the villages, she said, where ANB and ANS presence wasn't always as strong as it was in Juneau, literacy tests were used to keep Natives from registering to vote.