HELENA, Mont. -

Montana will open satellite voting offices on three reservations under a settlement in a federal lawsuit.

Last year, 12 Indian plaintiffs sued Secretary of State Linda McCulloch and elections officials in Blaine, Rosebud and Big Horn counties. They argued they had to drive long distances to county courthouses to register late and vote early in elections.

Their lawsuit said the lack of satellite offices make it difficult to vote and is a violation of the federal Voting Rights Act.
The settlement reached Tuesday calls for the state and counties to open satellite voting offices on the Crow, Northern Cheyenne and Fort Belknap reservations.
The Great Falls Tribune reports  the offices will be open twice week for late registration and to cast absentee ballots in person beginning Oct. 7