Opinion: South Dakota Indians turned away at polls

"When Edna Weddell, a Yankton Sioux tribal elder who gets around with a walker, tried to vote in South Dakota this month, a poll worker stopped her. She had to produce a photo ID first, she was told. Ms. Weddell's granddaughter pointed out that South Dakota law allows voters who do not have an ID with them to sign an affidavit instead, but the poll worker would not budge. Ms. Weddell was forced to retrieve her ID from home before she was allowed to vote.

That story is one of many circulating in South Dakota about Native Americans illegally turned away or harassed when they tried to vote on June 1."

Get the Story:
Indians Face Obstacles Between the Reservation and the Ballot Box (The New York Times 6/21)

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