Threat Forces Ballot Count Move In SD Alcohol Vote
by Associated Press
August 13, 2013 1:45 PM
The election supervisor on South Dakota's Pine Ridge Indian Reservation say threats have prompted officials to move ballot counting for a vote to legalize alcohol.
Election commission chairman Francis Pumpkin Seed says protesters operating a camp in nearby Whiteclay, Neb., demonstrated against legalization Monday in Pine Ridge.
He says they also threatened to disrupt Tuesday's voting, so tribal police and election monitors are watching over the nine polling places on the reservation that's the size of Delaware.
Pumpkin Seed says vote counting will move from the election building to the Billy Mills community center as a precaution.
Demonstrator Misty Sioux Little Davis says the group did rally against legalization but denies making any threats.
Pumpkin Seed says people stood in line before polls opened and turnout appeared to be good.