Navajo Nation Threatens To Sue Over Proposed Election Procedure Manual

By Bridget Dowd
Howard Fischer, Capitol Media Services
Published: Thursday, December 19, 2019 - 11:53am

The Navajo Nation is threatening to sue the state. That’s because Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich wants to make changes to a proposed election procedure manual.

Secretary of State Katie Hobbs had agreed to allow people who forgot to sign their early ballot envelopes an opportunity to "cure'' the defect, coming in to sign the envelopes up to five days after the election.

That would ensure the votes get counted, but Brnovich says there’s no legal authority for Hobbs to do that — and changes can only take place if Brnovich agrees to them.

The tribe and Hobbs had struck this deal to end an earlier lawsuit that argued some counties were making it difficult for tribal members to vote. The tribe’s attorney general also wrote that federal law already allows for some curing period

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