We published a story today about Democratic feeds and voter rallies on American Indian reservations. Click here for the story.
Today, the Republican Party followed up with this news release:
State GOP Calls forÂ Full Investigation Into Voter Fraud
— Asks US Attorney and Attorney General to Investigate and Stop Illegal Voting
PIERRE â€“ South Dakota Republican Party Chairman Bob Gray today called for a complete investigation of the recent reports that the South Dakota Democratic Party is offering ‘food for votes’ in several locations throughout South Dakota.
â€œOver 10 years ago, United States Attorney Karen Schreier and South Dakota Attorney General Mark Barnett told South Dakota Democratic Party officials that this practice is indeed illegal. While the candidates have changed, the law hasnâ€™t,â€ Gray said.Â “Stephanie Herseth Sandlin should know better.Â In her desperation to hold ontoÂ her seat,Â she’s pulling out all the old tricks.”
Attorneys, on behalf of the South Dakota Republican Party, mailed letters today to States’ Attorneys in Shannon, Lyman, and Buffalo Counties; Attorney General Marty Jackley; and United States Attorney Brendan Johnson asking for an investigation into this food-for-votes scheme.
“The old practice of offering food or cash for people to vote must end,” Gray said.Â “Every South Dakota adult has the right and responsibility to vote, but nobody ought to be paying or feeding anyone to do so.Â South Dakotans deserve fair and honest elections that are free from corruption and vote buying.”