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ACLU OF SD LAUNCHES 'LET ME VOTE' CAMPAIGN TO INFORM AND EMPOWER VOTERS

Let Me Vote Campaign Provides Information About How and When to Vote

For Immediate Release

September 18, 2012

CONTACT: Robert Doody, ACLU of SD Executive Director at 605-332-2508

Sioux Falls - In an effort to combat voter confusion, the American Civil Liberties Union of South Dakota launched its Let Me Vote Campaign today to supply voters with the voting rights knowledge they need to cast their ballot on Election Day.

"There is no more important right in our democracy than the right to vote", said Robert Doody Executive Director of the ACLU of South Dakota. "Unfortunately, we live in a state that has a notorious history of discriminating against American Indian voters and other minority groups. This year we will engage in a far reaching voter education effort in South Dakota to counteract this history of discrimination."

The campaign is part of a national ACLU effort to ensure every eligible person can vote and every vote counts. The campaign includes distributing 40,000 Know Your Rights cards to eligible voters throughout the state, thousands of phone calls, 4 voter education workshops and radio public service announcements.

Voter workshops are being held next week in the following areas. The League of Women Voters will be on hand to help register eligible citizens to vote. Free dinner will be provided.

  • September 24, 6:00pm
    Mother Butler Center
    220 Wright Street
    Rapid City
  • September 25, 6:00pm
    Prairie Winds Casino
    Hwy 18
    Pine Ridge
  • September 26, 6:00pm
    Community Landmark Hall
    Main Street
    Eagle Butte
  • September 27, 6:00pm
    Lode Star Casino
    1003 SD Highway 47
    Fort Thompson

Voters can also call the non-partisan Election Protection hotline for information about their voting rights and any regulations at 866-OUR-VOTE (866-687-8683).

The ACLU of SD is also encouraging voters to report problems casting a ballot at 605-332-2508 or southdakota@aclu.org.
 
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