Thursday, April 24, 2008

Election void, turnout too low

A constitutional election held by the Oglala Sioux Tribe of South Dakota was declared null and void because not enough people voted.

A total of 2,295 tribal members registered to vote. But only 671 actually came to the polls -- 18 short of the 30 percent required for constitutional elections.

That means seven out of the nine amendments won't become law even though a majority supported them. The changes would have affected separation of powers, tribal courts, tribal council positions, a new Bill of Rights, enrollment and the tribe's official name.

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