ACLU asks Department of Justice to investigate South Dakota’s violation of Section 2 of the Voting Rights Act against American Indian Voters!
Today ACLU sent a letter to the Department of Justice, asking it to investigate violations of Section 2 of the Voting Rights Act, which prohibits policies that have a discriminatory impact on minority voters. A key factor when analyzing Section 2 claims is evidence of historic discrimination against a minority group that affects its ability to participate in the democratic process. And there is evidence to spare in South Dakota.
Officials in Shannon County, which is home to the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation and has a population that is 92% American Indian, planned to offer only six days of early voting. For the other 40 days, voters would have to travel up to three hours for the nearest early voting location. This created a significant hurdle for voters, Shannon County is one of the poorest areas in the country where over half of the residents live below the poverty line.
South Dakota should be doing everything in its power to encourage participation from all eligible voters instead of playing games with this sacred right.
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