After Murder, South Democrats Seek to Change Voting Location on Pine Ridge Indian Reservation

Vinny Brewer III was killed in parking lot of gymnasium last weekend.

Vinny Brewer III was killed in parking lot of gymnasium last weekend.

Published October 22, 2016

PINE RIDGE INDIAN RESERVATION – The South Dakota Democratic Party today called upon South Dakota Secretary of State Shantel Krebs and Fall River/Oglala Lakota County Auditor Sue Ganje to change the early voting location in Oglala Lakota County from the SuAnne Big Crow Center in light of  the homicide which took place at the center this past weekend.

Vinny Brewer III was murdered in broad daylight on last Sunday in the parking lot of the gymnasium.

 “The right to vote is one of the most basic and important rights in a democracy,” said Henry Red Cloud, Oglala Sioux Tribal Member and Democratic Candidate for Public Utilities Commission. “When people are unable to exercise that right, or feel uncomfortable exercising that right because they fear for their safety at their polling location, our democracy is diminished.”

Native Vote countsExecutive Director of the South Dakota Democratic Party Suzanne Jones Pranger said,

“The current early voting location is unsuitable and inaccessible to voters because it is several miles outside the town of Pine Ridge, there is construction on the road to the location causing up to 45 minute travel delays, the road construction makes walking to the location unsafe, and a shooting occurred at the location this past weekend. We have been in talks with the Secretary of State and County Auditor about relocating the absentee voting location in Oglala Lakota County and are hopeful they will move the location as soon as possible to another suggested location that does not unreasonably burden voters.”

 Early voting in South Dakota runs through November 7.

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