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Five Satellite Election Offices To Open On Montana Tribal Lands

Feb 1, 2016

Five new satellite election offices are set to open on tribal lands across Montana ahead of this year's elections. They’re the result of a directive issued last fall by Secretary of State Linda McCulloch. She says it will make voting easier for people on reservations.

"Accessibility is a big thing. Some folks on the reservation have to drive like 45 minutes to an hour to a county office to register to vote. So now they’ll be able to do it right in their own communities."

One will open in Glacier County, as well as in Roosevelt and Rosebud Counties. Two satellite voting offices will open in Big Horn County.

Satellite offices offer services that are otherwise only available to voters at the county headquarters, namely late registration and in-person absentee voting.

Choteau, Pondera, Blaine, Lake, Hill and Valley counties are still in discussions with Tribal Governments.