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    Navajo Nation, et al. v. San Juan County, NM et al.

    The San Juan County Board of Commissioners’ new legislative map dilutes the vote of the Indigenous population within the county, preventing them from electing their choice candidates in all but one of the five county districts.


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    The UCLA Voting Rights Project, in partnership with the Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights Under the Law, the ACLU of New Mexico, DLA Piper and the Navajo Nation Department of Justice filed a complaint yesterday against San Juan County, New Mexico and their Board of Commissioners over their newly adopted legislative map that effectively dilutes the vote of the Indigenous population within the county.

    Indigenous persons in San Juan County, largely Navajo Nation citizens, constitute the largest racial or ethnic group in the County. Despite this, the new legislative map, adopted over the objections of the Navajo Nation among others,  unevenly distributes the population in such a way that Indigenous persons only have the opportunity to elect their candidate of choice in one of the five total districts in the County.