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Navajo Nation allows members to vote after ballot shortage

Posted: 2:28 PM, Nov 10, 2018
Updated: 2018-11-10 21:43:18Z
Navajo Nat. allows voting after ballot shortage
Navajo Nat. allows voting after ballot shortage
Navajo Nat. allows voting after ballot shortage
Navajo Nat. allows voting after ballot shortage
Navajo Nat. allows voting after ballot shortage
Navajo Nat. allows voting after ballot shortage
Navajo Nat. allows voting after ballot shortage
Navajo Nat. allows voting after ballot shortage
Navajo Nat. allows voting after ballot shortage
Navajo Nat. allows voting after ballot shortage
Navajo Nat. allows voting after ballot shortage
Navajo Nat. allows voting after ballot shortage
Navajo Nat. allows voting after ballot shortage
Navajo Nat. allows voting after ballot shortage
Navajo Nat. allows voting after ballot shortage

The Navajo Nation is offering would-be voters another chance to cast a ballot after many tribal precincts ran out on Election Day.

The late votes are unlikely to impact the tribe's presidential race. Vice President Jonathan Nez won by a wide margin. But they could factor into at least one close Navajo Nation Council race.

The ballot shortage was traced to a two-part referendum that asked whether Navajos wanted to increase the salaries of top elected leaders.  Voting machines rejected overmarked ballots, and second ballots were issued, resulting in a shortage.
    
The late votes are unlikely to impact the tribe's presidential race. Vice President Jonathan Nez won by a wide margin. But they could factor into at least one close Navajo Nation Council race.

The tribe's Board of Election Supervisors said it's working to ensure registered voters who showed up to the polls can vote.

They said those people have a week to cast a late ballot at a handful of election offices across the reservation, starting Tuesday.