Protecting the Right to Vote


By Rep. Kevin Killer (D-Pine Ridge)
To be delivered to Secretary of State Jason Gant

Throughout our history, Americans have fought and died for the right to vote.

And while we’ve made significant progress, even today there are those who seek to limit voting rights – especially in Indian country.

South Dakota’s Secretary of State Jason Gant just this last week refused to provide satellite voting centers for equal access to early voting in counties with large Native American populations. Already, the Argus Leader editorial board is calling foul.

In recognition of the 48th anniversary of the Voting Rights Act, I hope you’ll sign my petition to Secretary Gant asking for equal access at the ballot box.

Secretary Gant – Provide Equal Access to Early Voting in Indian Country today!

  • sdbluestem

    I remember when the Fall River County auditor changed polling places at Pine Ridge without notice. Carloads of people would drive up to their (former) polling place, only to be told their polling place was in another community 60 miles away. Out of gas, discouraged, many voters lost their chance to vote. I recall no public outrage. How many other quiet maneuvers have abrogated Native Americans’ right to vote.

  • Jack Mortenson

    Voting is an AMERICAN right and duty. We need to protect every American’s right and most especially our Native American’s rights. It does not matter if there are Federal funds, it is YOUR DUTY, Secretary Gant, to make sure that every South Dakotan can EASILY cast her or his proper vote.

  • Betty Sheldon

    There is no room in a democracy for voter suppression. We should be making it as easy as possible rather than slipping in these obstructions unannounced. Shine the light on democracy and make it work for all people in South Dakota.

  • Kim Alarie

    This is a concerted campaign across the country to make it difficult for people to vote. We need to be very aware and follow all of the twists and turns this campaign will take so that we can counter the turns this insidious campaign might take..