Judge Rules in South Dakota Voting-Rights Lawsuit

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SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) – A federal judge has ruled that 25 Native Americans will not have to pay court costs related to their voting-rights lawsuit in South Dakota.

U.S. District Court Judge Karen Schreier dismissed a lawsuit last month that sought to ensure that residents of part of the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation have the same access to early voting as people in other South Dakota counties. Schreier dismissed the lawsuit after finding that state and local officials agreed to provide an in-person absentee voting.

Shannon County, which is part of the reservation, contracts with nearby Fall River County for some services, including elections.

The Argus Leader reports that after the lawsuit was thrown out, the counties filed a motion to collect $6,328 in court costs. Schreier rejected the request.


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