Indian Group Complains Costs in Voting Rights Suit

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SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) – An American Indian group is upset that two South Dakota counties named in a voting rights lawsuit are seeking court costs against 25 Oglala Sioux members.

The lawsuit accused Shannon County of violating voting rights by failing to provide early balloting and an early registration satellite office. Fall River County, which administers elections for Shannon County, was also named in the suit.

A federal judge dismissed the complaint after the state agreed to provide early voting satellite offices in Shannon and Todd counties. The counties then filed for costs of more than $6,000.

Bret Healy, spokesman for the Indian voting rights group Four Directions, tells the Argus Leader the move is meant to deter future lawsuits.

A lawyer for the counties says recovering costs is common in federal lawsuits.

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