Spirit Lake Dakotah Nation sues county for voting rights again
The Spirit Lake Dakotah Nation is taking Benson County, North Dakota, to court for a second time over Indian voting rights.

In 2000, the tribe won a lawsuit that said the county's election system diluted the Indian vote. Now the tribe says the county's decision to close polling sites on the reservation will harm its members.

“Whether this was intentional discrimination or not, the bottom line is that closing polling locations located within the Spirit Lake Nation will disenfranchise American Indian voters on the reservation, and this injustice cannot stand,” Chairwoman Myra Pearson told The Fargo Forum

The county said it will only maintain one polling site on November 2. The tribe has offered to help pay for sites on the reservation.

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