Freemont County Voting Regs Questioned

Freemont County Voting Regs Questioned

Fremont County is balking at paying legal fees for a group of American Indians whose court challenge forced the county to abandon its system of at-large voting for commissioners.

Five members of the Northern Arapaho and Eastern Shoshone tribes won a court ruling in 2010 that at-large voting violated the federal Voting Rights Act by diluting the Indian vote. A federal appeals court early this year rejected Fremont County's appeal.

Lawyers for the Indians recently asked U.S. District Judge Alan B. Johnson of Cheyenne to award over $85,000 for work on the appeal. Their 2010 request for over $880,000 for legal work through the trial is still pending.

Fremont County recently filed papers with Johnson saying that the plaintiff's bills on the appeal are too high and should be reduced.

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