McLean, Danielle. “Native votes went missing in North Carolina. Tribal leaders vow that won’t happen again next week.” ThinkProgress [Center for American Progress Action Fund] September 3, 2019. https://thinkprogress.org/native-votes-went-missing-in-north-carolina-last-year-tribal-leaders-vow-that-wont-happen-again-c697cb022d98/
This news article focuses on efforts to ensure that members of the Lumbee Tribe who are eligible to vote, turn out at the polls on Tuesday, September 10, 2019. On this date, there will be a special election in North Carolina’s 9th Congressional District, where Republican candidate Dan Bishop is running against Democratic candidate Dan McCready. The special election was ordered by the North Carolina State Board of Elections due to a voter suppression and absentee ballot scheme that, in the 2018 election, resulted in Republican candidate Mark Harris receiving 1,000 more votes than Democratic candidate Dan McCready.
More than two dozen members of the Lumbee Tribe, working in conjunction with the Native American voting rights group Four Directions, have been visiting the homes of Lumbee Tribe members, encouraging them to vote in the special election and offering to drive them to the polls.