SAN JUAN COUNTY (ABC4 News) Observers poured into San Juan County on Election Day to watch results come in after a Democratic activist was removed from the ballot, then reinstated.
The election comes with historic implications.
The Rural Utah Project and the Department of Justice arrived Tuesday to results come in. One race for county commission is drawing a lot of interest.
That race involves Willie Grayeyes He’s a Democratic activist and a member of the Navajo Nation. He’s running for County Commission District 2 against Republican Kelly Laws.
ABC4 News talked to someone who’s known him for 13 years.
“Trying to get everyone’s vote counted is huge on a reservation which is a little harder to get to voting at,” said Toniee Lewis, of Blanding.
Toniee votes in District 1, but that doesn’t matter for her.
“The comments we hear that Native Americans don’t know how to run a white township, which is totally wrong in my understanding,” said Lewis.
In fact, it could be historic. The county commission not wanting to go on camera, though they do add that the presence of the Department of Justice is nothing new. They’ve been monitoring elections for roughly decades here. Still, for some, Native Americans feel they’ve been undercounted.
“Honestly I don’t feel that we as Native Americans get the credit for having that voice.”
As of 1 a.m Wednesday, Grayeyes was winning the race with 56 percent of the vote to Laws’ 44.