Navajo Nation President Calls on Election Workers to Ensure Polling Places are Adequately Stocked

Navajo voters line up to cast ballots in both tribal and Arizona elections. Photo by Jaynie Parrish

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Published November 4, 2018

WINDOW ROCK — Early voting was momentarily delayed Friday in Fort Defiance when the Apache County, Ariz., Recorder’s Office ran out of voting supplies.

During a Get Out The Vote rally today in Fort Defiance that was broadcast live on KTNN, poll workers at the nearby early voting site ran out of envelopes. Voting operations came to a temporary standstill while workers scrambled to find replacements.

Upon learning about the interruption, President Russell Begaye called on all election workers to ensure that polling places are adequately stocked for Election Day. The Nov. 6 election, during which voters will elect local, state and federal leaders, carries unprecedented importance.

“This is a critical election for the Navajo Nation and for Indian Country, and every vote counts,” President Begaye said. “Navajos can sway the elections if we all get out and vote. Polling places must anticipate a large voter turnout and have all the necessary supplies ready. Any reports of polling places failing to meet voter needs or running out of supplies will not be tolerated.”

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