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Jackson County agrees to open satellite voting office in Wanblee; move tied to federal lawsuit


RAPID CITY, South Dakota — Jackson County officials have agreed to open a satellite office for voter registration and early voting in Wanblee.

Four Pine Ridge Indian Reservation residents have filed a federal lawsuit claiming Jackson County doesn't give equal voting access to American Indians. They say it's a hardship to drive to Kadoka to register to vote and to vote by absentee ballot.

The Rapid City Journal reports ( ) the county's decision regarding the Wanblee center resolves the plaintiffs' request for a preliminary injunction ordering the county to open the satellite office. The legal case continues, however.

The plaintiffs say Jackson County's practice of offering only in-person voter registration and in-person absentee voting at the county courthouse in Kadoka discriminates against Native Americans living in the portion of the county that's within the reservation.

Information from: Rapid City Journal,

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