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Al Jazeera: 9th Circuit takes up Indian voting rights lawsuit

9th Circuit Court of Appeals to hear Wandering Medicine v. McCulloch, an Indian voting rights case, on Thursday:
How far do you have to travel to vote? Some Native Americans in Montana have to drive as far as 120 miles round trip in order to reach early voting polling stations. Requests for satellite polling stations on reservations led to a legal battle right before Election Day in 2012, but were ultimately denied. The Ninth Circuit will hear an appeal of last year's case on October 10.

Members of three Montana tribes filed the original suit in October of 2012 after officials said they would not provide satellite offices for early voting on the reservations. One of the plaintiffs, OJ Semans, argues that the distance keeps Native Americans from voting early.

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