Judge mulls giving more time to count Navajo Nation ballots

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Posted at 6:00 PM, Sep 22, 2020
and last updated 2020-09-22 21:00:48-04

PHOENIX (AP) — A judge is mulling whether to order officials to count mail-in ballots up to 10 extra days after election day for Navajo Nation members who live on the tribe's reservation in Arizona and whose ballots are postmarked by election day.

A lawyer representing Navajo Nation members said at a hearing that mail service on the reservation is much slower than other communities and argued that Arizona's requirement that ballots be turned in to authorities by 7 p.m. on election night would disenfranchise tribal members.

Secretary of State Katie Hobbs' office says those who filed the lawsuit haven't explained why they can't meet the existing deadline.