South Dakota officials pleased with ruling on voting rights

2013-06-25T16:59:00Z 2013-11-18T16:59:13Z South Dakota officials pleased with ruling on voting rightsThe Associated Press The Associated Press
June 25, 2013 4:59 pm  • 

PIERRE | South Dakota officials say they are pleased with a U.S. Supreme Court ruling that struck down a federal law requiring federal approval of state and local laws that might restrict the voting rights of minorities.

The Supreme Court says the law cannot be enforced unless Congress comes up with a new formula for determining which areas must seek federal approval for election changes.

Attorney General Marty Jackley says racial discrimination cannot be tolerated, but he says federal intrusion into state affairs also is not acceptable.

The American Civil Liberties Union of South Dakota says it's disappointed with the ruling because it could hurt voting rights for Native Americans.

The law specifically lists the Rosebud and Pine Ridge Indian reservations as places where voting changes must be approved by federal officials.

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  1. oldsarge
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    oldsarge - June 26, 2013 9:38 am
    It comes as no surprise to me that officials in this bright "red" state would be satisfied to return to those days when our native-American citizens were denied their due rights. Perhaps changes have been made in the southern tier of states but, what specific changes did SD make??
  2. Wayne Gilbert
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    Wayne Gilbert - June 25, 2013 7:43 pm
    Who are the "South Dakota officials" who are pleased? And why do they want us to be known as the Mississippi/Alabama of the Northern Plains? The Bone Shirt case exposed their objective.
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