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Gant still wants federal advice on SD voting sites

PIERRE (AP) — South Dakota Secretary of State Jason Gant says he still wants to seek a federal commission's opinion on setting up satellite absentee voting offices on three Native American reservations, even though that commission might not be able to respond.

The Argus Leader reports that the U.S. Election Assistance Commission can't issue advisory opinions because the four commission seats are vacant.

Three tribes and a voting advocacy group have asked Gant to spend federal money to open satellite voter registration and absentee voting offices in Fort Thompson, Eagle Butte and Wanblee.

Gant tells The Associated Press he still believes it's necessary to ask the federal commission's opinion on whether federal money can be used for the three satellite offices. He says federal law designates that commission to answer such questions.