Plain Talk: Will It Be a Fair Hearing on Voting Rights at Standing Rock or a Political Rally?


Jesse McCloud puts up signs for voting on buses that will be used to bring voters to the polls, in the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe land in Fort Yates, N.D., Nov. 5, 2018. (Hilary Swift/The New York Times)

“They’ve already taken action that would effect North Dakota.”

That’s what Rep. Rodney Davis said of a Democrat-led field hearing to be held in North Dakota this week on the Standing Rock Indian Reservation. Davis is the only Republican member of the subcommittee which is holding the hearing, and he has concerns about it being a partisan concoction.

Especially since the Democratic majority in the House has already passed major legislation concerning voting and elections. “They bragged about writing it in secret,” Davis said of the legislation on this episode of Plain Talk.

Of the field hearing at Standing Rock, “I hope it’s not a political rally,” Davis said.

North Dakota’s voter ID law became a major political talking point during the 2018 election cycle, with Democratic operatives claiming the law was created to suppress left-leaning Native American voters. The U.S. Supreme Court allowed the law to be enforced, however, and turnout in Native American communities broke records.

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