GREAT FALLS, Montana — The Blaine County commissioners have proposed opening a satellite voting office for two days a week before the 2016 election.
A settlement in a 2012 federal lawsuit won the right to open satellite offices on the Crow, Northern Cheyenne and Fort Belknap reservations.
The Great Falls Tribune reports (http://gftrib.com/1S75hBc ) that the commissioners responded Tuesday to a Jan. 5 letter from the Fort Belknap Indian Community Council with the proposal. The proposal would move Blaine County's election office to a tribal building on Wednesdays and Thursdays during the 30-day voting period before each state and federal election.
Fort Belknap President Mark Azure was not available for comment.
A consultant with the Indian voting rights organization criticized the proposal, calling it a "two-fifths compromise" to limit Native Americans' voting rights.
Information from: Great Falls Tribune, http://www.greatfallstribune.com