Judge: Blaine County Indian voting case can proceed
March 28, 2014
PORTLAND, Ore. — A voting rights lawsuit from members of three American Indian tribes in Montana — including tribes at Fort Belknap in Blaine County — will go forward after a federal judge rejected attempts by state and county officials to dismiss the case.
Members of the Crow, Northern Cheyenne and Fort Belknap tribes want county officials to set up satellite voting offices to make up for the long distances they must travel to reach courthouses for early voting or late registration.
Judge Donald Molloy said in a Wednesday order that the plaintiffs' claims of discrimination are plausible enough that the case should Montana Secretary of State Linda McCulloch and officials from Blaine, Rosebud and Big Horn counties were named as defendants in the lawsuit, which has been pending since before the 2012 election.
Details in Monday's Havre Daily News.