Cherokee Nations Set to Elect Principal Chief September 24

Cherokee Nations Set to Elect Principal Chief September 24

ICTMN Staff
8/1/11

The date has been set for September 24. That is when the new elections for principal chief of the Cherokee Nation, the largest tribe in the country will be held and hopefully end the controversy that has come from the original election on June 25.

After the Cherokee Nation Supreme Court tossed out the results from the last election, current chief Chad Smith was asked to set a new election date.

“That was the date recommended by the Election Commission to best allow our citizens to fully participate in the election,” Smith said in a press release. “The commission thought that gave enough time to notify our citizens of the dates important to the election, including a period of time for voters to request absentee ballots.”

The new election date hopes to name either Smith or challenger Bill John Baker as chief of the Nation.

"Having this election in the next two months will allow Cherokees to put the controversy of erased and whited out ballots in the past, and start looking to the future again," Baker said in a statement to the Associated Press.

Important Election Information

  • August 1 - 12 at 5 p.m. - Voters may request an absentee ballot.
  • August 29 - 30 – Absentee ballots mailed September 17, 20, 21 and 22 – Early walk-in voting at Cherokee Nation Election Commission’s office September 24 – Election for Office of the Principal Chief

Voting by Absentee Ballot

  • Voters who cast their ballots by absentee in the general and run-off elections will automatically receive an absentee ballot for this special election.
  • Voters who were registered and eligible to vote in the general election can request an absentee ballot from August 1 through August 12 at 5 p.m.
  • Absentee ballots will be mailed to those voters entitled to such ballot on August 29 and August 30.
  • Voters are also reminded that both absentee and non-absentee voters can vote in person at the Commission office on the day of the election September 24th, 2011 from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.
  • At-large voters can only vote by absentee ballots. They must do so by mailing the duly executed ballot to the Commission's post office box in Tahlequah to be received at the post office by 12 p.m. September 24, 2011.
  • If, however, an absentee ballot was requested but not received may appear at a precinct to vote by challenged ballot upon verification by the precinct official.

In-Person Voting

  • Early Voting at Cherokee Nation Election Commission Office on September 17, 2011, September 20, 2011, September 21, 2011 and September 22, 2011 between the hours of 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Voters are also reminded that both absentee and non-absentee voters can vote in person at the Commission office on the day of the election September 24th, 2011 from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.
  • Precinct locations will be announced once they are finalized.

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