Last year, U.S. District Judge Robert Shelby declared San Juan County’s voting districts, “racially gerrymandered” and demanded immediate redistricting. After rejecting San Juan County’s proposal for new voting districts, Judge Shelby hosted public meetings to gain local feedback and appointed an independent expert, Dr. Bernard Grofman of the University of California Irvine Political Science Department, to impartially redistrict San Juan. In December of 2017, Shelby adopted Grofman’s proposed districts, increasing the number of commission districts with Navajo majorities from one to two.

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