Four additional Minnesota counties have agreed to provide satellite election offices on Indian reservations in the state, according to Bret Healy, consultant with Four Directions voting rights group. Cass and Itaska counties will provide absentee voting and late registration for Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe, while White Earth Nation will be served by Becker and Mahnomin counties.
“Equality is busting out all over Minnesota,” Healy said.
Officials in Cass County are looking forward to implementing their new office for Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe, according to Auditor/Treasurer Sharon K. Anderson, who runs elections for the county. “As I sought input from key people prior to making this decision, I received nothing but positive feedback,” Anderson said.
Healy lauded the county election officials for their enthusiasm and cooperation and the Minnesota secretary of state for supporting the effort and helping with technological assistance where necessary.