Our View: Make it easier for everyone to vote
A federal judge has ruled that the lawsuit against Blaine and two other Montana counties concerning Indian votings right can move forward.
Native American groups would like to have satellite election offices set up on reservations so it is easier for residents to register and vote.
In areas such as Lodge Pole at the far southeastern edge of the Fort Belknap Indian Reservation people have to travel more than 100 miles round trip to the Blaine County seat of Chinook in order to register to vote, making same-day registration difficult at best.
There are arguments pro and con on the lawsuit, though it is difficult to counter the argument that turnout in tribal elections — where it is not necessary to travel to Chinook — is often twice as high as in general elections.
But a solution to some of the problems raised in the lawsuit is to make it easier for all people to register and vote.
Mail-in voting has been tried in many municipalities, including Havre. It has been wildly su...
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