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South Dakota appeals voting rights decision to US Supreme Court

[JURIST] The state of South Dakota has appealed to the US Supreme Court over a ruling in a voting rights case involving American Indian voters filed by the American Civil Liberties Union. [advocacy website; press release]. The dispute centers around whether the state must seek a clearance from the Justice Department for new redistricting plans in portions of South Dakota without a majority of Indian voters. Sherri Sundem Wald, South Dakota's assistant attorney general, said counties without a majority of Indian voters did not need Justice Department approval but an ACLU spokesman said South Dakota was attempting to deprive its citizens of the protections provided by the Voting Rights Act [text]. AP has more.

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