After the media rush earlier this month to declare Joe Biden the winner of the 2020 election, CNN political analyst Van Jones gave a shout-out to Native American voters in Arizona and Nevada.
Jones suggested that these communities are “responsible” for Biden’s presumed win, naming a few organizations on the ground, but there’s more to this story than what’s being reported, as it appears the non-profit groups offered gift cards, electronics, and other prizes in an effort to get out the vote for Biden.
“The Native American community played a tremendous role, the Native Organizers Alliance, Inter-Tribal Council, Diné C.A.R.E., these are groups of people that expect to be treated with respect because they are responsible for the victory…” Jones said.
In sharing the clip online, Jones boasted about the role Native Americans played in Biden’s success, praising these communities for “standing strong and voting under tough conditions.”
#NativeVote2020 has not gotten enough attention. If the Democrats win Arizona, Biden will owe that victory to Native Americans standing strong and voting under tough conditions. Those little blue dots in a sea of red? Those are reservations!!! https://t.co/4Maa7cwSku
— Van Jones (@VanJones68) November 11, 2020
In a recent article focusing on Nevada Republicans alleging widespread voter fraud and irregularities, The Federalist’s John Daniel Davidson called attention to “another, less sensational but perhaps more consequential election scandal in Nevada that hasn’t yet made headlines.”
“Under the guise of supposedly nonprofit, nonpartisan get-out-the-vote campaigns, Native American voter advocacy groups in Nevada handed out gift cards, electronics, clothing, and other items to voters in tribal areas, in many cases documenting the exchange of ballots for ‘prizes’ on their own Facebook pages, sometimes even while wearing official Joe Biden campaign gear,” Davidson wrote.
One example of what Davidson highlighted is seen on the Nevada Native Vote Project Facebook page, where a raffle was held to reward Native Americans who voted.
Native Vote 2020! RSIC Virtual Raffle for Tribal Members, Residents and Employees! Send a photo of yourself w/ “I Voted”…
Posted by Nevada Native Vote Project on Tuesday, November 3, 2020
The Nevada Native Vote Project’s stated goal was to “increase civic participation of the Indigenous populations in Nevada.”
In another post shared by Davidson that appears to have been deleted, two men are seen displaying $25 Visa gift cards they received after dropping off absentee ballots to someone who “presumably” works for the Nevada Native Vote Project, he noted.
The two examples shared here are but the tip of the iceberg, as there are numerous other posts about raffles and prizes.
As Davidson shared, bribing voters with anything of value, however, is illegal under federal election law and punishable by up to two years in prison or up to $10,000 in fines.
The article noted that there are about 60,000 eligible Native American voters in the state, which is almost twice the margin of Biden’s lead in Nevada.
The non-profit was referenced in the lawsuit filed by the Nevada GOP and the Trump campaign, and the group responded in a statement, insisting that the allegations are “categorically false, calling them “inherently racist” while repeating the ever-familiar refrain about voter suppression.
Davidson recently appeared on Sebastian Gorka’s podcast, “America First,” to discuss his reporting on the story.
“The key detail is that native American voter advocacy groups, non-profit supposedly non-partisan groups, under the guise that they get out the vote effort were essentially giving away cash gift cards, electronics prizes, all kinds of things to voters in tribal areas who either handed their absentee ballots over to them or brought proof that they had gone to their polling place and voted,” Davidson explained.
He reminded listeners that the allegations are “totally a violation of federal election law.”
Davidson also took note that these groups make little effort to hide their activities and that mainstream media outlets are not curious and refuse to report on any of it.
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