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Montana county could appeal voting rights case

Officials in Blaine County, Montana, are considering asking the U.S. Supreme Court to review a voting rights case decided in favor of Indian voters.

The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that the county's at-large system violated the voting rights of residents of the Fort Belknap Reservation. Even though 45 percent of the county is Indian, the system prevented Indians from electing a candidate of their choice.

County officials were told to change the system but have until December 6 to file an appeal.

Get the Story:
Blaine County weighs appeal in voting rights case (The Havre Daily News 10/11)

Get the Decision:
US v. BLAINE COUNTY (April 7, 2004)

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