Satellite voting office to open on Blackfeet Indian Reservation

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HELENA, Montana — Montana Secretary of State Linda McCulloch says a satellite voting office will open on the Blackfeet Indian Reservation for late voter registration and in-person absentee voting.

Thursday's announcement means satellite offices will open on at least four Montana reservations in time for the Nov. 4 election. McCulloch says preliminary talks have begun for offices on other reservations, as well.

The Browning office will be open twice a week for 30 days prior to the election.

In June, the state and three counties settled a federal voting-rights lawsuit. The settlement called for voting offices on the Crow, Northern Cheyenne and Fort Belknap reservations.

The American Indian plaintiffs had argued they were discriminated against because they had to drive long distances to county courthouses to register late and vote early in elections.

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