RENO, Nev. (AP) — Tribal leaders in northern Nevada are asking a U.S. judge to order the state and two counties to establish satellite polling places on reservations where they say Native Americans are being denied a federally protected equal opportunity to vote in the November elections.

Two Paiute tribes filed a lawsuit in U.S. District Court in Reno on Wednesday accusing the secretary of state, and Washoe and Mineral counties of illegally denying their members the same voting access afforded others in wealthier, mostly white neighborhoods.

Members of the Pyramid Lake Paiute Tribe living in the high desert northeast of Reno say they must travel 96 miles roundtrip to vote on Election Day. They say that’s a violation of the Voting Rights Act of 1965, the Nevada and U.S. constitutions.

Similar legal battles have been waged in Utah, Montana and the Dakotas.

Comments (4)
  1. grassroot says:

    Sure they should be availed to access for voting, illegals aliens are, by this administration.

    1. Think Mann says:

      How are illegal aliens voting? There have been only a tiny faction of a percent of voter fraud cases through out the U.S. over the years including the last election. And non-citizens including illegals are not eligible to vote. Where’s your data? Just because you say it doesn’t make it so.

    2. Ed Jime says:

      Nothing wrong with being against something, but if you have to lie to make your point, it becomes a lie, voter fraud is technically non-existent, there has been a lot of research and investigations, what little voter fraud there has been, was done by stupid people, and almost no illegals. Here is a real point, illegals don’t want to be known, don’t want records, so they don’t vote, they either know they can’t, or they don’t want to be known, true fact.

  2. Think Mann says:

    96 miles round trip? Not acceptable. We should be working to encourage voting not impede it.

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