Grappling with the federal government's commitment to monitoring elections in Charles Mix County through 2014, Gant, widely believed to be incompetent and sleazy even by members of his own political party, will likely be rejected for re-election for not talking about taking money from Donors Trust, the bribery arm of Koch.
From a guest post at South DaCola:
For those who might need a refresher course here it is. In the election seasons prior to Jason’s ascension to the Secretary of State’s office in Pierre he was South Dakota’s leader of the Republican Senate Leadership Committee (RSLC). Jason Gant and his ilk in the legislature are financed by out of state rich benefactors who care nothing of South Dakota or its people. They only care about power. The Kochs are accomplishing it through RedMap, The RSLC Redistricting Project.Peter Harrison writes in the Sioux Falls Argus Leader:
At issue is Section 5 of the 1965 federal Voting Rights Act that has exerted a powerful influence in South Dakota for decades in helping Native American voters confront discrimination. “We want to make sure no matter what we do we are not infringing on people’s rights to vote. That’s the No. 1 goal,” Secretary of State Jason Gant, South Dakota’s chief election official, said Thursday. Section 5 of that legislation says that all or portions of 16 states, including South Dakota, had a sufficient history of voter suppression to require them to get any proposed changes to voting procedures approved by the Department of Justice — precleared, in the words of the act — to ensure they do not discriminate against minority voters.Morbidly obese Gant was recently in Yankton to remind South Dakotans what his job is.