Blackfeet Want County to Provide Satellite Voting Office for Remote Community

January 28, 2016

Blackfeet tribal officials want Pondera County officials to provide a satellite voting office in the remote reservation community of Heart Butte.

The request is the latest development in an ongoing voting rights case stretching back to 2012, when plaintiffs from the Crow, Northern Cheyenne and Fort Belknap reservations sued the Montana Secretary of State and county election offices, arguing that Native Americans living on the reservations faced voter discrimination because of the long distances they are forced to travel to register to vote or to submit absentee ballots. .
This, coupled with acute poverty and the frequent lack of access to reliable transportation, effectively limits Native Americans’ ability to vote, the suit charges. Read more here http://www.greatfallstribune.com/story/news/local/2016/01/27/blackfeet-push-county-heart-butte-voting-office/79439030/

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