Keel noted that the facilities are ideal for voter registration because they're in many tribal communities and that "Not all Native Americans are registered." Earlier this week he told a gathering of tribal leaders that only two of every five eligible American Indians and Alaska Natives were registered in 2008, and that an estimated 1 million eligible Native voters are not registered. "This should be considered a civic emergency."
In some states, many public assistance agencies are not fully compliant with NVRA requirements, but when brought into compliance they have proved particularly effective:
- In 2010, Colorado agencies registered nearly 44,000 voters.
- Missouri public assistance agencies are averaging 115,000 registrations per year.
- In the first 6 months of 2010, more than 100,000 Ohio residents registered through public assistance offices.