ACLU of South Dakota establishes hotline to report voting rights violations
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – The American Civil Liberties Union of South Dakota’s staff attorney will respond to voting rights infringements across the state via an Election Day hotline. Voters who experience voting rights violations and irregularities or have other problems at the polls are encouraged to call the ACLU’s hotline at 605-368-0644. The statewide hotline will operate from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. MT on Tuesday.
“The right to vote is essential to our democracy,” said Heather Smith, executive director of the ACLU of South Dakota. “Elected officials may hold the cards, but as voters, we hold the power. To deny any eligible voter that opportunity is to undermine the fundamental freedoms that define who we are as a nation.”
In particular, the ACLU is concerned about the following problems on Election Day:
- Denying voters access to provisional ballots when they are eligible to receive them
- Problems with voting machines, including human errors and technology-related problems
- Efforts to have voters produce identification or proof of citizenship when not required by law
- Voter harassment or intimidation, including signs of bias among poll workers
- Efforts to tamper with voting machines
In addition to the Election Day Voter Hotline, the ACLU of South Dakota has published Know Your Rights voting information in English, Spanish and Arabic. (Brochures are available to download at www.aclusd.org.) The information also is available in braille by request.
The American Civil Liberties Union has a long history of helping voters understand and exercise their voting rights. The ACLU has been at the forefront of the fight against voter suppression as well as the movement to allow new voter access and will continue to do so after the November election and beyond.