Tribes sue Nevada secretary of state, allege unequal access to voting


Two tribal chiefs filed a lawsuit Wednesday against Nevada Secretary of State Barbara Cegavske alleging unequal access to voting, KTNV has learned.

Walker River Paiute Chairman Bobby Sanchez and Pyramid Lake Paiute Chairman Vinton Hawley are the lead plaintiffs in the case expected to be filed in federal court Thursday in Reno. I have obtained an advanced copy of the complaint, which alleges the secretary of state has failed to accommodate the tribes, which have an estimated 50,000 voting-age members.

The tribes allege violations of the U.S. and state constitutions because their members are forced to travel great distances to vote, despite several entreaties to state officials to set up more proximate sites.


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