- Associated Press - Saturday, November 1, 2014

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) - Secretary of State Jason Gant says the federal Department of Justice has sent two officials to oversee voting on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation through Election Day.

Gant says the elections monitors arrived on Friday because of conflicting allegations of voter intimidation and improper voter influence.

Gant says a county official had concerns that a nonprofit organization was attempting to influence voters who were casting absentee ballots. Four Directions Executive Director Oliver Semans denied those claims.

Gant says the official requested a sheriff investigate the allegations at the early voting location.

Semans says Shannon County Sheriff Jim Daggett was intimidating Native American voters with his presence. Daggett told the Argus Leader last week he was there at County Auditor Sue Ganje’s request.

Gant says monitors are also at another reservation.

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