Cheyenne, Wy – A federal judge says he intends to approve a voting plan for Fremont County in time to seat new county commissioners before current terms expire in January.
U.S. District Judge Alan B. Johnson heard arguments Tuesday from
Fremont County and from American Indians who sued over the county's
system of at-large voting.
Johnson ruled in favor of the American Indian plaintiffs this
spring, agreeing that the county's current at-large voting system
violated federal law by diluting their vote.
The county wants Johnson to approve a single commission district
in which American Indians would be the majority while continuing
with at-large elections elsewhere. The plaintiffs want
single-member districts for all commissioners.