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Press Release

Voting Rights Act Marks 50th Anniversary

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, District of South Dakota

This week marks the 50th anniversary of the Voting Rights Act. Acting U.S. Attorney Randolph J. Seiler provided the following statement to commemorate the anniversary of the landmark civil legislation:

“The U. S. Attorney’s Office for the District of South Dakota has vigorously enforced the Voting Rights Act and other Federal elections statutes throughout South Dakota for many years. We will continue to work with State and County election officials to ensure equal access to the ballot box for all eligible voters.  We are committed to providing every voter in every election the right to cast their vote in an environment free from intimidation and fear.”

The Civil Rights Division for the Department of Justice has assembled the attached fact sheet to provide information on the Department’s efforts to protect the right to vote. Of particular note, for the November 2014 general election, the department monitored elections in three counties where there are significant populations of Native American voters. Two of those counties were in South Dakota, which included Charles Mix County and Shannon County.

Updated August 7, 2015