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Minnesota public safety agencies reeling from weekend tragedy; Speaker Johnson faces critical decision on Ukraine aid; Public comment sought on proposal to limit growth in health-care costs; MS postal union workers voice concerns about understaffing, mail delays.

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Truckers for Trump threaten to strike over his massive civil fine for business fraud in New York City. Biden wants Norfolk Southern held accountable one year after an Ohio derailment and dangerous chemical spill and faith leaders call for peace in the Israel-Hamas war.

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Drones over West Texas aim to improve rural healthcare, the Ogallala Aquifer, the backbone of High Plains agriculture, is slowly disappearing and federal money is headed to growers of wool and cotton.

MT Native Org Getting Folks Registered to Vote

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Tuesday, September 20, 2022   

Today is National Voter Registration Day, and one Native American rights organization in Montana is ensuring people are ready to vote in November.

With less than two months to go until Election Day, efforts to ensure people can cast their ballots are ramping up.

Natanya O'Neill, field director for Western Native Voice, said her group has been working in communities to check voters' registration status, which will make it easier on Nov 8.

"They have all of the information that they need, they're prepared, got their identification with them, and they know that they are able to vote," O'Neill explained. "With the changes in the laws last year, it is a learning curve for a lot of people."

In 2021, Montana lawmakers passed legislation affecting voter registration. One measure tightens voter identification laws so people who are registering with a student ID, for instance, need a secondary form of identification. Another measure eliminates Election Day voter registration, requiring people to sign up to vote by the Friday before Election Day.

A judge in Yellowstone County District Court has heard challenges to both laws and could make decisions on their legality before the November election. In the meantime, O'Neill emphasized people should be prepared to vote in what will be a consequential election. Because of the 2020 census results, Montana will have two congressional districts for the first time in 30 years.

"With the changes in the congressional seats that we've got, we need to make sure that people are aware of how much this will impact them," O'Neill urged.

Montana is also in the middle of redistricting on the state level, although maps will not be finalized until after the election.

Disclosure: Western Native Voice contributes to our fund for reporting on Budget Policy & Priorities, Civic Engagement, Education, and Native American Issues. If you would like to help support news in the public interest, click here.


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