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Tribal election to determine transportation stimulus plan
Precincts will be open from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday
FARMINGTON — Voters on the Navajo Nation will decide a referendum on Tuesday to authorize funding to improve road conditions on the reservation.
The ballot question asks voters to support or oppose using $216 million from the principal of the Permanent Trust Fund to support a transportation stimulus plan.
Under the plan, the $216 million would be distributed over a six-year period at $36 million annually to fund road improvement projects, as well as bridge and gravel development.
The referendum must be approved by a two-thirds majority of voters who cast a ballot in the election, according the Navajo Nation Council resolution that referred the referendum to the Navajo Board of Election Supervisors.
All 110 chapter precincts will be open from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday.
Virginia Nelson, a voter registration specialist at the Navajo Election Administration office in Shiprock, said the early walk-in voting process ended on Oct. 20.
Early walk-in voting at the Shiprock office had been slow but increased last week, Nelson said.
Ballots cast by early walk-in voting or by mail-in will be counted on Tuesday, she said.
In August, the Navajo Board of Election Supervisors approved the ballot language and set the referendum date.
The last time voters considered a referendum was in July 2015. The measure amended the Navajo language requirement for the tribal president and vice president.
Voter participation in that election was 21 percent, according to the Navajo Election Administration.
Noel Lyn Smith covers the Navajo Nation for The Daily Times. She can be reached at 505-564-4636.