Election Board investigates claims

Election Board investigates claims

by Angel Ellis/Reporter

OKMULGEE, Oklahoma– The Muscogee (Creek) Nation Election Board is reviewing at least two complaints filed with their office that allege wrongdoing.

Mvskoke media staff followed up with questions to the MCN Election Board on Sept. 11.

MCN Election Board Manager Nelson Harjo Jr. confirmed that two formal complaints have been filed with the board.

We are looking into the claims and reviewing MCN Election code,” Harjo said. “There is a process to handle claims in order to the highest level of integrity in conducting the Muscogee (Creek) Nation elections according to the election codes, title 19 of the Muscogee (Creek) Nation code.”

Harjo said that the complaints were about the use of the MCN seal, and a person claiming to be an employee of the tribe.

MCN Election Board takes complaints from citizens seriously and is devoted to ensuring the enforcement of election codes in a responsible, impartial and unbiased manner,” Harjo said.

He said the best way for citizens to ensure the election board receives their votes is to keep their ballots secure.

We do not take hand delivered ballots,” Harjo said. “Citizens should keep their ballots in their possession until they are placed in the mail.”

Mvskoke Media in conjunction with the election board produced an instructional video detailing the official process for casting an absentee vote.

Anyone who has questions about their absentee ballot is urged to call the election board office at 918-732-7631. They can also reference the instructional video on Mvskoke Media’s Facebook and Youtube channel at https://mvskokemedia.com/how-to-vote-absentee/.

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  • Emma Wind
    September 28, 2019, 1:23 pm

    The envelope to put your ballot in were sealed and could not open without tearing the envelope open and it seemingly looking like it had already been opened or tampered with. Called the Election Dept. and was told to "use a letter opener to open and use tape to seal ballot envelope and leave a note on the outside of envelope explaining i had talked to Election staff and was instructed to do it this way". Why was the Envelope already sealed in the first place? Felt like the envelope had gotten wet.