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Thu March 10, 2011
Court hears Indian voting case
Denver, CO – A panel of federal judges will decide how a Wyoming county should configure its county commission districts in response to a voting rights challenge from American Indians.
Three judges with the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals in Denver
heard arguments Thursday on Fremont County's appeal.
A group of American Indians won a court ruling last year
overturning Fremont County's system of at-large voting for county
The county is appealing a federal judge's rejection of its
proposal to create a single Indian-majority commission district
while continuing with at-large elections in the rest of the county.
The county's lawyer said the appeals court should accept its
plan because it would assure Indians could elect a commissioner.
The Indians' lawyer said the county's proposal would improperly
treat Indians differently from other voters.