Alas, folks trying to get out the early vote in Red Dawn Foster’s turf are having some trouble. In 2014, the early voting station was in Pine Ridge Village. This year, the early satellite voting station is at the Suanne Big Crow Center, several miles northwest of Pine Ridge. Evidently, the road to the voting station is under construction, and there was a shooting there two weeks ago. According to the South Dakota Democratic Party, this remote location has cause early voting in Oglala Lakota County to drop two thirds over the first month of voting compared to 2014, from 159 early votes to 55.
The SDDP wants early voting moved someplace more accessible, but the Oglala Lakota County Commission has voted to keep the early voting satellite station where it is. The party has called on the Secretary of State to move the early satellite voting station, but the Secretary of State’s office contends that, per SDCL 12-14-1, location of voting stations is the county’s call.