A simple way to widen the Utah electorate

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Dalene Redhorse has lived on the Navajo reservation in rural San Juan County her whole life, where tens of thousands of buildings and homes don’t have physical addresses.

“A lot of people use directions to their houses — like so many miles from a certain landmark,” she says. A typical address might be: Off U.S. Highway 191 between mile markers 1 and 2, blue house with tan roof.

People in rural Utah can register to vote with these types of directions. They can even draw a rudimentary map on registration forms, thanks to the National Voter Registration Act of 1993. But in Navajo country, there are huge problems with living where the homes have no numbers, and the streets have no names.

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