Washoe County to provide early voting for tribal residents following federal court order

The Bruce R. Thompson United States Courthouse & Federal Building in Reno is seen in this file photo (Sinclair Broadcast Group)

Two Native American tribes in Nevada -- the Pyramid Lake and Walker River Paiute tribes -- have won an emergency court order in a federal lawsuit accusing the Republican secretary of state, as well as Washoe and Mineral counties, of discriminating against them under the Voting Rights Act.

U.S. District Judge Miranda Du issued a temporary injunction in Reno late Friday requiring the establishment of satellite polling places on two northern Nevada reservations ahead of next month's election in the Western battleground state.

Du found in favor of the tribes' requests for early voting, in-person polling sites to be set up in Nixon and Schurz.

She also found in favor of the tribes' request for an in-person polling site in those same locations on election day.

She denied the request for a satellite voter registration site at those same locations, however.

A statement issued by Washoe County said the court's order must either be followed or appealed; and the county will make that determination after having a full and thorough opportunity to review the court's decision.

Washoe County Registrar of Voters Luanne Cutler told News 4 on Tuesday, Oct. 11, that her office is "taking the steps to comply with a Federal Court order to provide early voting and election day voting in Nixon."

Election Day voting Nov. 8 will be held at the tribal administration office in Nixon, along with early voting Oct. 24-Oct. 29, and Oct. 31-Nov. 4.

A message left for Mineral County officials on the status of compliance in Schurz was not immediately returned.

Stay with News 4 for more on this developing story.

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