Editorial: Navajo Nation set to choose new president on April 21

Joe Shirley Jr., right, and his running mate, Dineh Benally. Photo from Twitter

New Mexico newspaper urges members of Navajo Nation to vote in upcoming presidential election:
Now that a date has been set for the Navajo Nation presidential election, a major hurdle will be convincing voters to turn out and cast their ballots — again.

Last month, the tribe's Office of the Speaker announced the presidential election will take place April 21 between Joe Shirley Jr. and Russell Begaye. While events surrounding the election have been mired in controversy, it seems the tribe is now on track to swear in a new president on May 12, more than nine months after the August primary election.

Russell Begaye, left, and his running mate, Jonathan Nez. Photo from Facebook

Upon learning the news, many people's first reaction, particularly on social media, was to state their intentions not to vote. "We already voted once," a typical comment read. "They didn't listen. Why should we do it again?" We know many people are unhappy with the way this election has played out. Many felt their voices and votes weren't heard. While it's easy to turn away in disgust and sink into apathy, that doesn't accomplish anything. Choosing not to vote is the lowest form of protest, if you can even call it that. Your voice definitely isn't heard, your opinions don't count and you're putting your fate in other people's hands.

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