The American Civil Liberties Union, ACLU of Montana, and Native American Rights Fund (NARF) will challenge two new Montana laws that hinder Native American participation in the state’s electoral process.

The first, HB 176, ends same-day registration, which reservation voters have relied upon to cast votes in Montana since 2005. The second, HB 530, blocks organized ballot collection on rural reservations.

The lawsuit against HB 176 and HB 530 was brought on behalf of Western Native Voice and Montana Native Vote, Native American-led organizations focused on getting out the vote and increasing civic participation in the Native American community; and the Blackfeet Nation, Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes of the Flathead Reservation, Fort Belknap Indian Community, and Northern Cheyenne Tribe.

Attorney(s)

ACLU- MT: Alex Rate, and Akilah Lane. Native American Rights Fund: Jacqueline De León, Matthew Campbell, and Samantha Kelty. ACLU National: Alora Thomas-Lundborg, Ihaab Syed, Theresa J. Lee, and Dale E. Ho.

Date filed

May 17, 2021

Court

Montana 13th Judicial District Court of Yellowstone County

Case number

DV 20-0560