The American Civil Liberties Union of South Dakota and South Dakota Secretary of State Jason Gant plan to meet soon to discuss the voting rights of convicted felons. ACLU-South Dakota issued a press release Monday alleging Gant’s office was wrongly informing some residents with felony convictions that they are prohibited from voting.
Gant said the ACLU’s allegations are “unfounded” but invited ACLU officials in for a meeting. Gant said the ACLU’s claim is based on a misunderstanding of his website. “The information they are referencing is on my website, and has been since May of 2010,” Gant said in a press release he issued Monday to counter the ACLU’s release.
ACLU-South Dakota Communications Director Taté Walker said it’s not that clear. In a phone interview Tuesday, Walker said the information on the website was not placed on the site or worded in such a way that the “Average Joe” with a felony conviction could learn that he may still be able to vote.