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Committee passes bill making tribal IDs viable for voter registration

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The State Senate Affairs Committee passed a bill to make Tribal identification cards viable in the voter registration process.

Currently, tribal IDs are accepted at the polls but denied at the registration office.

“This is a great way to help resolve this issue, and make sure we can find ways to use Tribal IDs when they can work with the system that we have," said Sen. Wheeler of Huron.

Senate Bill 119 was brought forward by Sen. Shawn Bordeaux and supported by the Secretary of State Department and the ACLU.

The committee passed the bill unanimously. It now heads to the Senate floor.

Zadya Abbott (she/her/hers) is a senior at the University of South Dakota studying Media and Journalism with a minor in Women and Gender Sexuality Studies. She is native to the southeastern corner of South Dakota. Zadya regards the journalism profession as one of noble service meant to objectively provide the public with information of interest.