Supreme Court Ruling marks 4 laws unconstitutional, celebrations across Indian Country

(Fort Belknap) It’s being touted as a big decision in favor of indigenous voters in Montana, a supreme court ruling marked 4 laws as unconstitutional, the court saying each of them interfere with fundamental voting rights.

One plaintiff representative, Alex Rate of American Civil Liberties Union of Montana, says that these bills harmed those in indigenous and native American communities in particular.

“Today’s landmark ruling was an all-out vindication for the voting rights of all Montanans but in particular indigenous voters who face significant barriers. Some of those barriers are unique to Indian Country where people lack home mail delivery or home post office addresses for example. So, today’s decision permits ballot collectors to collect and deliver ballots it also permits voters to cast a ballot on election day which is critically important in particular in Indian Country,” said Rate.

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