Voting Location Was A Chicken Coop

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Red Vote sign

You go take them in there to vote, and it was a chicken coop. It was an old chicken coop. It still had dirt on the floor. You go in there, and it had enough for one desk. And you had three people sitting around there, and you could barely come in. There was no place to vote. You had to take it outside to vote. You could see the -- where the chickens used to lay: You know, those little boxes. They would still have those around outside. And no bathroom facilities. . . So I went in front of the county commission in Hughes County [(SD)], our county seat or our county capital. And I got on the agenda, and I asked them, ‘Whatever happened with, you know, these funds that they set down for us?· You guys got a chicken coop.’” 

The Comprehensive Field Hearing Report On Historical and Contemporary Barriers to Political Participation by Native American Voters. Boulder, CO: Native American Rights Fund, February 2020

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