South Dakota Settles with Tribal Nations in Voting Rights Lawsuit
September 14, 2022
South Dakota voters will benefit from a court settlement reached between state officials and two tribal nations that resolves a lawsuit challenging the state's numerous violations of the National Voter Registration Act (NVRA).
The NVRA was passed in 1993 with a number of goals, including "to establish procedures that will increase the number of eligible citizens who register to vote in elections for Federal office."
In August 2021, The Rosebud Sioux Tribe, Oglala Sioux Tribe, Lakota People's Law Project, and individual voters filed a lawsuit in district court alleging that the state was failing to uphold portions of the law, particularly a mandate for driver's license offices and public assistance agencies to provide voter registration services to their clients during applications, renewals and change of address requests.