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Who Called the Sheriff? Pine Ridge Voter Turnout Plummets, then Rebounds

Sheriff in Pine Ridge voting-office doorway (Donna Semans)  and  Indian Country Media Network  published versions of this article in November 2014 with additional  photographs  by Jesse Short Bull. V ote rs walking into the polling place would see the sheriff there and veer off,” said Donna Semans, the Rosebud Sioux field coordinator for Four Directions voting-rights group. “If I was driving them to the polls, they’d spot the sheriff’s vehicle out front and tell me, ‘No way. I’m not going in there.’” Semans runs Four Directions’ get-out-the-vote, or GOTV, operation on the Oglala Sioux Tribe’s Pine Ridge Indian Reservation, in South Dakota. Since mid-October, her team has transported voters from around the 2.1-million acre reservation to a polling place in Pine Ridge Village. There they can register and cast a no-excuse absentee ballot ahead of Election Day. Then one day, the county sheriff showed up in the voting office, and the moccasin telegraph started wor