Voting underway in 2014 primary election

By Bill Donovan
Special to the Times

WINDOW ROCK, July 31, 2014

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Navajo voters were able to start voting in the presidential and Navajo Nation Council primary election on Monday.

Johnny R. Thompson, deputy director of the Navajo Election Administration, said Tuesday his staff was kept busy all day Monday as people streamed into the office throughout the day to vote.

"I imagine that the same thing is true in the branch offices," he said.

Navajo voters will be able to select one of 17 candidates running for president as well as people running for the 24 Council seats.

Thompson said there are about 122,000 Navajos who are registered to vote in the primary, about the same number as four years ago.

Voting can be done at the Window Rock headquarters or at any branch office on Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Election officials have discussed opening the office on Saturday but nothing is planned during the primary. Although they have done this in the past, they have decided not to do special voting days in communities off the reservation that have a large population of Navajos.

"We don't have the money to do that at this time," said Thompson.

Walk-in voting will continue until 5 p.m. on Aug. 22. Voters can also request absentee ballots up until Aug. 11.

The primary will be held Aug. 26.

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