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Voter ID law seen as attempt to suppress Indian vote


South Dakota's voter identification law is meant to keep Indians from the polls, the president of Oglala Lakota College says.

Tom Shortbull, a member of the board of advisers to the federal Election Assistance Commission, says 5 to 10 percent of Indians don't have a photo ID. State law requires one in order to vote. The law also allows people to sign an affidavit if they lack a photo ID but Shortbull says Indian voters are scared of that option.

The U.S. Attorney in South Dakota has been asked to look into allegations that Indian voters were turned away from the polls last month.

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Repeal of voter ID law urged (The Rapid City Journal 7/7)

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