A Navajo man is challenging a Utah county's decision to disqualify him from the ballot in the first election since a judge ruled local voting districts were illegally drawn based on race

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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A Navajo man is challenging a Utah county’s decision to disqualify him from the ballot in the first election since a judge ruled local voting districts were illegally drawn based on race.

Willie Grayeyes filed a lawsuit Wednesday saying the finding by San Juan County is an attack on his race and political views.

Grayeyes was disqualified for the ballot after county officials investigated a complaint and found he doesn’t live in the district. They have said race and politics weren’t involved in the decision.

Lawyers for Grayeyes say he’s lived and been registered to vote there for decades. They say the Democratic candidate was targeted because new, court-ordered voting districts could help more Navajos get elected.

Largely Republican county leaders are challenging the new districts they call unfair.