Court Refuses To Grant 10-Day Ballot Extension Deadline For Navajo Nation Members In Arizona

Court Refuses To Grant 10-Day Ballot Extension Deadline For Navajo Nation Members In Arizona


A federal appeals court rejected a request Thursday by members of the Navajo Nation living in the Arizona portion of the tribe’s reservation to extend the deadline that mail-in ballots could be counted.

The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals rejected the effort by six Navajos who sought a 10-day extension for their mail-in ballots to be counted, according to the Associated Press (AP).

The Navajos argued that Arizona’s 7 p.m. election night deadline for mail-in ballots would disenfranchise tribal members, arguing that mail service on the reservation is slow and not as accessible as it is in other parts of the state, per the same report. Their request for an extension deadline would only apply to ballots cast by Navajo Nation members living on the reservation, according to The New York Times (NYT).

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A mobile home in the Navajo Nation community of Steamboat, Arizona, on May 24, 2020. (Photo by Mark RALSTON / AFP) (Photo by MARK RALSTON/AFP via Getty Images)

A mobile home in the Navajo Nation community of Steamboat, Arizona, on May 24, 2020. (Photo by Mark RALSTON / AFP) (Photo by MARK RALSTON/AFP via Getty Images)

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