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Western Native Voice v. Stapleton

Last Update: September 25, 2020

What's at Stake

The American Civil Liberties Union, ACLU of Montana, and Native American Rights Fund are challenging a Montana law that severely restricts Native Americans’ access to the ballot.

The lawsuit was brought on behalf of Western Native Voice and Montana Native Vote, Native American-led organizations focused on getting out the vote and increasing civic participation in the Native American community; and the Assiniboine & Sioux Tribes of Fort Peck, Blackfeet Nation, Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes of the Flathead Reservation, Crow Tribe, and Fort Belknap Indian Community. They are challenging the so-called Montana Ballot Interference Prevention ACT (BIPA).

“We are urging the court to immediately block this law that would disenfranchise thousands of eligible voters who live on rural reservations,” said Alora Thomas-Lundborg, senior staff attorney with the ACLU’s Voting Rights Project. “This case is about making sure every eligible voter who wants to vote can actually do so.”

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