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New Mexico Native American Voting Task Force gets to work
Task force aims to boost participation in state, federal elections

Tiffany Blackbull lives and works on the Navajo Nation in New Mexico. She also votes on the Navajo Nation at the local school, which is about 20 miles from the ranch where she lives with her husband, teenage daughters and a passel of animals.

“My assigned polling place is about 20 miles from the ranch, which is ‘just over the hill’ out here,” Blackbull said. “When voting occurs, it’s not really very busy. It’s an interesting dynamic out here. For the state and federal elections, there’s usually a lackluster turnout on the reservation, however for the local elections — Navajo chapter positions, Navajo presidential election — the turnout is significantly higher.”

In the 2016 General Election, the overall voter turnout in New Mexico was 62 percent. In predominantly Native American precincts, the turnout was 56 percent.

The Navajo Nation encompasses about 27,000 square miles in Arizona, Utah and New Mexico. In New Mexico, nearly 66,000 residents live on Navajo lands. In all, about 10.6 percent of New Mexico’s population is Native American and represents 23 different tribes.

Hoping to boost Native American participation in state and federal elections, New Mexico Secretary of State Maggie Toulouse Oliver has convened the Native American Voting Task Force. Read More…

Apr 29, 2011

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Arkansas: Election commission reviews '10

Colorado: Meyers, clerks present briefs in Gessler case

District of Columbia: Students encounter problems at the polls

Florida: Voter rights' advocates oppose elections bill

Georgia: Kemp: Election changes will help voters, officials

Illinois: Woman denies vote fraud charges

Indiana: Lawmakers drop plan tied to White case  |  Judge won't halt Democrats challenge to Charlie White  |  Highland saves $32K by not holding primary vote  |  Russian visitor sees vote center

Kansas: Brownback signs military voting bill

Louisiana: Schedler: Reduce number of elections

Minnesota: Senate Republicans advance elections ID bill  |  Minn. Senate passes voter ID on party-line vote

New Hampshire: Committee endorses requiring photo ID to vote

New Jersey: Some sample ballots left behind at post office  |  Postal service investigating delay in delivering sample ballots

New York: FBI probes scope of Troy vote fraud case

Ohio: Tuesday special election in Lucas County  |  County won't force voters to wear ponchos at polls

Pennsylvania: Westmoreland buys more voting machines  |  Pike voting machines get a dry run  |  Montco questions voter affiliations

South Carolina: Early voting bill moves forward

Tennessee: Election commission ponders vastly different budgets

West Virginia: Election preparations continue  |  Early voting begins Friday  |  Accessibility reviewed by commissioner, clerk staff  |  Mineral changes polling places for special primary

Wisconsin: Milwaukee County expects to finish recount on time  |  Rock County halfway through recount

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