Last updated on 2013.09.30
One subject that’s been disputed recently is the request by some Native Americans for special voting centers on reservations. The state runs early-voting programs in Todd and Shannon counties, reservation counties that don’t have courthouses, and Krebs promised to maintain them.
But she said she opposes calls to add early-voting sites to three other reservation counties that do have courthouses — but located away from the towns where most Native Americans live.
"Those voters have access, just like any other county voter," Krebs said [emphasis mine; David Montgomery, "Krebs Promises to Be Non-Partisan if Elected Secretary of State," Political Smokeout, 2013.09.21].
There's that white-privilege blind spot. On top of generations of Euro-conqueror discrimination, our neighbors on the reservation have more poverty and less access to reliable transportation than anyone else in South Dakota. The long drives folks in Fort Thompson, Eagle Butte, and Wanblee have to make to their county courthouses pose a significant obstacle to voting in those communities.
The Help America Vote Act, $9 million from which sits in the Secretary of State's checking account right now, waiting to be used to promote voter access, is predicated on exactly that idea that Indians and others need help to enjoy the same access as any other county voter. But Krebs says straight-faced that everything is fine and that doing what HAVA says to do somehow constitutes special treatment for Indian voters.
The Republicans have at least come to their senses in openly branding Gant as a destroyer of public trust and the integrity of the Secretary of State's office.
But on substantive voting-rights issues, Krebs = Gant. Dems, get someone on the ballot to bring real non-partisanship and fairness back to the Secretary of State's office.