Voter registration for Navajo Nation primary election ends July 30
Process can be completed at several sites in Farmington
FARMINGTON — Voter registration ends on July 30 for the primary election on the Navajo Nation.
There are 18 candidates vying for the tribal presidency, as well as races for the Navajo Nation Council, the Navajo Board of Election Supervisors and other offices.
Voter registration can be completed at any of the Navajo Election Administration offices in Shiprock and Crownpoint, and in Chinle, Tuba City and Window Rock in Arizona, and at chapter houses if a registrar is available.
Those interested in voting must be 18 years old and need to bring a Certificate of Indian Blood, Social Security card and a valid state identification card or driver's license.
In Farmington, voter registration is taking place at the San Juan College Native American Center, located in room 1610 inside the Student Center.
Shannon Benally, administrative assistant for the center, said the center held its first voter registration drive on July 19.
The number of people visiting the center to register to vote has been steady, Benally said.
"We're happy to offer this service to the community," she said.
Other voter registration sites in Farmington are the Farmington Indian Center at 100 W. Elm St., the Bonnie Dallas Senior Center at 109 E. La Plata St., the Sycamore Park Community Center at 1051 Sycamore St., and the National Indian Youth Council at 1930 San Juan Blvd., Suite F.
The staff at the National Indian Youth Council requests individuals call the office at 505-327-5341 to check availability for the voter registrar.
The San Juan County Clerk's Office at 100 S. Oliver Drive in Aztec also can register people to vote.
The primary election will be held on Aug. 28. Early in-person and absentee voting will start on July 30.
The application to receive an absentee ballot by mail is available under the "forms" tab at the election administration website, navajoelections.navajo-nsn.gov.
Early in-person voting can be completed at any of the five agency offices for the election administration.
Noel Lyn Smith covers the Navajo Nation for The Daily Times. She can be reached at 505-564-4636 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.