Utah County Declines Appeal in Navajo Voting-Rights Case

Jul 30, 2019

A Utah county has decided not to pursue further appeal after a federal appeals court upheld newly drawn voting districts that led to the first majority-Navajo commission in the county.

Willie Grayeyes is member of the Navajo Nation and a San Juan County Commissioner.
Credit Utah Court Pool

The Salt Lake Tribune reports San Juan County commissioners voted Monday to not challenge the ruling by the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.

A lower court found the former district boundaries in the county that overlaps with the Navajo Nation amounted to racial gerrymandering and violated the rights of Navajo voters.

Republicans then contested the new districts used in last year's election.

Navajo voters make up slightly more than half the population of the county.

The case now goes to a state court judge who will assess fees to the county.