PIERRE, S.D.- Attorney General Marty J. Jackley confirms that the State is continuing to receive various complaints about offering of food in exchange for or to induce voting. Complaints have been submitted by both Republican and Democrat political parties, local law enforcement, and private citizens.
Similar concerns were raised in 1996 and 1998 elections, and were addressed with a cautionary letter by then United States Attorney Karen Schreier and Attorney General Mark Barnett. On October 14, 2010, United States Attorney Brendan Johnson and South Dakota Attorney General Marty Jackley issued to both political parties a similar joint cautionary letter that adopted their predecessors’ legal analysis and set forth the applicable state and federal law.
The Attorney General intends to treat all concerns or complaints under its normal procedure of accepting any information, and making further determinations as the facts may justify.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Monday, October 25, 2010
CONTACT: Paige Wilbur, (605) 773-3215