The Rural Utah Project seeks to empower underrepresented voters in rural Utah through training, education, voter registration, and issue advocacy. We identify, invest, and ignite a dialogue with voters that live in Utah's rural areas, empowering them to take action and vote on the issues that matter most to Utah's future. We believe that when we organize overlooked communities in our state, that we will be able to inspire important conversations and create life-long citizen advocates for Utah's future.
In 2018, the Rural Utah Project registered over 1,600 voters on the Navajo Nation in San Juan County - the home of Bears Ears National Monument. This work paved the way for the landmark election of Willie Grayeyes and Kenneth Maryboy, who now serve on the first ever majority-Navajo San Juan County commission. This historic progress represents what can be accomplished when we invest in underrepresented areas of Utah.
In 2019 - the Rural Utah Project will continue its Navajo Nation voter registration program by working to provide addresses to Navajo Nation residents to aid in voter registration, emergency services and mail delivery. In Partnership with Google Plus Codes, the Rural Utah Project will seek to create addresses for 70% of registered voters on the Navajo Nation. Addresses will not only ensure that voters are registered in the correct location and their votes cannot be contested, but it will allow vital emergency services to reach residents more quickly.
The Rural Utah Project works to put important concerns before the voters in areas of impact. That's why in 2019, RUP will be taking its voter registration programs to counties all across rural Utah. We will continue to expand our work across Utah so that rural voters feel empowered to take action on the issues that matter.