SoDak Dems can’t afford reservation transports

Indian Country Today has an interesting story about the voting situation on the Pine Ridge Reservation. The South Dakota Democratic Party does not plan to send caravans to help transport people on reservations to the polls, the first time the party hasn’t done so since 2000.

Party Chairman Ben Nesselhuf estimates the transportation costs for every reservation to be $150,000, resources the party doesn’t have, he said.

"I don’t think it’s going to be as aggressive from our side," Nesselhuf tells Indian Country Today. "That has to do with a lack of resources this year."

Matt Varilek’s campaign manager, David Benson, said the campaign has a GOTV plan for the reservations, including transportation on the reservations, but he didn’t know how many vehicles were included in that plan.

A strong reservation turnout is critical for statewide Democratic candidates. But it appears the party has put its emphasis on winning legislative seats, as evidenced by the large number of mailers that have gone out targeting Republicans.