Fremont Co. tries to use new law to its advantage
Lander, WY – Fremont County has alerted a federal appeals court in Denver that Wyoming recently changed state law to allow counties to reconfigure voting districts.
The 10th Circuit Court of Appeals will hear arguments Thursday
on Fremont County's appeal of a federal judge's order requiring
election of county commissioners from separate voting districts.
Judge Alan B. Johnson ruled last year that at-large voting in
Fremont County diluted the votes of American Indians.
The county is appealing Johnson's rejection of its proposal to
set up one commission district for Indians while continuing
at-large voting elsewhere. The Wyoming Legislature last month
changed state law to allow such "hybrid" voting districts.