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Voting Made Difficult Leads to lawsuit


So what’s an elderly Navajo man or woman to do, if they live an hour or more from Monticello? That’s the dilemma facing many Navajos who want to vote, but who are restricted by the distance to their county seat in San Juan County, Utah.

County officials took it upon themselves to close rural polling places in the county, opting instead for mail-in ballots. But the mail-in ballots are in English, and some of these Navajo people don’t know the language.

That’s why the Navajo Nation Human Rights Commission has filed a lawsuit against San Juan County. The commission thinks the county, if anything, should make it easier to vote; not more difficult.


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