South Dakota Secretary of State Jason Gant says he's forming a task force to address whether federal Help America Vote Act funds can be used to open satellite voting offices on three American Indian reservations.
But the executive director of Native American voting rights group Four Directions Inc. is calling Gant's announcement a delay tactic. O.J. Semans says the secretary already has the authority to open the offices.
Gant's move comes after an official with the U.S. Election Assistance Commission responded to his request for an advisory opinion.
Grants Management Director Monica Evans says the EAC can't issue such an opinion because there are no seated commissioners to form a quorum. She says any "material change" in how the state spends the money would need to be revised and published.
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