Federal judge rules against San Juan Co. in school board voting rights lawsuit

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SALT LAKE CITY — A federal judge has ruled in favor of the Navajo Nation in a case involving school board elections and voting rights.

The Navajo Nation has accused San Juan County of violating its rights in how it draws school board election districts. In court filings, the Navajo Nation has claimed the boundaries for school board elections are not equally divided, and have suggested it is because of racial discrimination.

In a ruling handed down on Thursday, U.S. District Court Judge Robert Shelby did not address the racial discrimination claims, but sided with the Navajos over the boundaries.

 

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A hearing on the lawsuit is scheduled for January. It is unclear if the county plans an appeal.