Biden Admin Mulled Students to Register Native American Voters

Biden Admin Mulled Students to Register Native American Voters

  • June 25, 2024

Nicole Wells, NewsMax

The Biden administration considered using school children to boost voter registration among Native Americans, according to emails obtained by Protect the Public’s Trust.

In 2022, officials at the Department of the Interior (DOI) developed a plan to use Native American students attending Bureau of Indian Education (BIE) schools to get voter registration materials home to their parents.

A poll conducted by the African American Research Collaborative shortly before the midterm elections showed that Native Americans strongly preferred Democrat House candidates that year, with 56% saying they would vote for a Democrat compared to 40% who said they would vote for a Republican.

“Department leadership is proposing having BIE send home voter registration cards with students to give to their parents,” BIE team lead Jennifer Wiginton wrote in a February 2022 email.

Under Executive Order 14019, which President Joe Biden issued in March 2021, the heads of federal agencies were compelled to “evaluate ways in which the agency can, as appropriate and consistent with applicable law, promote voter registration and voter participation.”

BIE’s proposed Native American voter registration plan was developed to comply with Biden’s order, according to DOI attorney-adviser Joshua Berg.

In March 2022, Berg wrote that he and his colleagues had “developed a plan to distribute voter registration applications at BIE schools so that school children bring home voter registration applications to their parents and/or guardians.”

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