Racism in South Dakota vote

Hau kolas-

Here is just one story of many that are sure to come dealing with racism
and today's elections. This is the same race where John Thune (R.
running against Tom Daschle) mailed posters of praire dogs lining up to
vote with the caption "The Dogs are lining up to Vote for Tom
Daschle.." It was only a short time ago when stores in the Dakotas
posted signs "No Dogs or Indians Allowed."

Now a restraining order has been placed on Republican poll watchers for
harrassment of Indian voters.

In spirit--

Matt Remle
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Judge bars GOP from watching Yankton Sioux voters*

Tuesday, November 2, 2004

A federal judge has barred the Republican Party from watching voters
from the Yankton Sioux Reservation in South Dakota.

A Republican testified that he was writing down the license plate
numbers of cars carrying voters from the reservation to a polling place
in Charles Mix County. But Joel C. Mandelman, a lawyer from the
Washington, D.C., area said his activities did not stop anyone from
voting.U.S. District Judge Lawrence Piersol issued a temporary
restraining order
sought by
Sen. Tom Daschle (D-South Dakota).

Daschle accused Republican John Thune of intimidating Indian voters.
Charles Mix County has a large Indian population but non-Indians make up
the majority.

In the 2002 Senate election and the recent special House election,
Indian voters overwhelmingly chose Democratic candidates. Areas of the
county used to be considered part of the reservation but the U.S.
Supreme Court ruled that tribal lands were diminished.

Get the Story:
Judge orders GOP to halt poll tactics
Sioux Falls Argus Leader 11/2)

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