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Tribe asks state to force more office voting hours


HELENA — The head of the Blackfeet Tribal Council has asked the secretary of state to order Pondera County to have a satellite voting office in Heart Butte on the Blackfeet Indian Reservation during hours as proposed by the tribe, and said an offer proposed by the county was “an insult to the concept of equality.”

“Pondera County’s proposal for the 2016 General Election provides not a single minute of Election Day registration for our tribal members living in Heart Butte,” Harry Barnes, chairman of the Blackfeet Tribal Council, wrote Thursday to Secretary of State Linda McCulloch.

Barnes, who asked for a decision by Aug. 25, noted that to vote on Election Day, tribal members will have to drive more than 110 miles round trip to vote in Conrad.


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