Fraud alleged in primary election

Fraud alleged in primary election
(MN File Photo) Principal Chief candidate Lucian Tiger has filed for a petition for recount and a petition for fraud or irregularities on the 2019 primary election absentee ballots.

Update: On Sept. 30 The MCN SC filed a notice to election board setting an official recount to take place Oct. 2. The SC confirmed in the notice that a quorum of the Justices will be present at that time and throughout the recount process.

 

District Court hearing set for Oct. 4 to address the correctness of the announced election results

By Angel Ellis, Reporter

OKMULGEE, Oklahoma–Two filings centered around the election have been filed with the MCN District Court and one filed with the MCN Supreme Court.

MCN NC Speaker and candidate for Principal Chief, Lucian Tiger, filed a petition alleging fraud or irregularities on Sept. 27. The petition challenges the correctness of the announced results of the absentee ballots.

‘Machines used to scan the absentee ballots were not properly working during the scanning process,’ the petition said. ‘There was a two hour delay in counting due to technical problems with the machines.’

The petition also said some ballots were cut in half by the electronic envelope opener and may not have been counted.

According to the petition other issues with the ballot were focused on the assurance that a voter could not vote multiple times and George Tiger appearing on the ballot.

‘Adequate measures were not taken to assure that voters could not cast both an absentee ballot and a precinct ballot, prior to absentee ballots being counted,’ the petition stated.

The petition also states, ‘Candidate George Tiger improperly appeared on the ballot after he had disqualified himself from holding office by pleading guilty to federal criminal charges.’

The petition also alleged Principal Chief candidate Bim Steve Bruner or his agents improperly influenced of absentee voters.

Five separate allegations are listed for Bruner.

‘Using the Great Seal of the Muscogee Nation in his election materials, photos and mailers; bribing voters with meals and OU game tickets; improperly soliciting absentee ballots on behalf of voters; improperly collecting absentee ballots from voters; intimidating and influencing employees by directly mailing them correspondence that referenced the fact that the recipient was an employee and that the employee should feel safe.’

The petition requests that the absentee ballot results be overturned and for all other remedies consistent with the MCN code and existing caselaw of the Muscogee (Creek) Nation.

An order setting the hearing before the MCN District Court was issued the same day and signed by District Judge Jeremy Pittman.  The hearing will be held on Oct. 4, in MCN District Court at the mound building.

Also filed on Sept. 27 was a petition for recount. The petition was filed with the MCN Supreme on behalf of Lucian Tiger. The petition for recount requests a recount of absentee ballots cast for the election of Principal Chief.

Rod Wiemer is representing Lucian Tiger.

Mvskoke Media will continue to follow this topic and make updates as soon as they become available.

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  • SunnyCarrol Moreno
    October 1, 2019, 10:05 pm

    It really seems like MCN has made a bad habit of a flawed election process in its entirety.
    Either poll workers are locked out of the system, or just overall professional ethics are missing.
    I went to vote at 7:00AM. I was not able to vote until 8:00AM.
    I was informed that I had to leave the building until it was worked out. No problem, my problem was the time.
    Come on CREEK NATION GET IT TOGETHER! IF IT’S NOT ONE THING IT’S ANOTHER!
    p/s:
    POOR PLANNING ON YOUR PART DOES NOT

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  • Sunny Carrol Moreno
    October 1, 2019, 10:27 pm

    When are we ever going to get things right around here?
    I arrived to vote at 7 AM. I’m not allowed to vote until 8 AM.(???)
    The poll workers were locked out of the system. Come on Creek Nation! PLEASE get it together!

    [POOR PLANNING ON YOUR PART DOES NOT CONSTITUTE AN EMERGENCY ON MINE!!]

    My time is valuable, I made time to go vote early to move on with my day. But in TYPICAL CREEK NATION TRADITION the Nation didn’t have it together and wasted an hour of my time.
    However in the meantime of my hour wait, I was asked to leave the building so they could work on the problem.
    Sure, it is not the poll workers responsibility to have the issues taken care of before the election day. The problem should have already been worked out before the election!

    Also, why are we acting so surprised that there was fraud involved in any of our elections, at this point it is sadly expected.

    – How about cross training with all election employees?
    – How about testing the systems before the public embarrassment?

    ***Better yet, how about …
    ✓ ALL CANDIDATES BE REQUIRED TO TAKE A BUSINESS ETHICS CLASS BEFORE THEY’RE ALLOWED TO RUN?

    Or is it sadly true that those few good ones who SHOULD RUN are not foolish enough to deal with time wasting drama OR all the tails wagging the dog?

    Come on MCN, WE CAN DO BETTER, WE SHOULD DEMAND BETTER, AND PLEASE QUIT ACCEPTING people who are NOT qualified to be supervisors simply because of a higher degree just because someone is an accountant does not make them qualified to be an office manager. And still yet simply because someone has been there 20 years does not mean in those 20 years they ever once had a training on how to be a supervisor, people perform for how they are treated and if a supervisor treats somebody like dirt you’re going to get dirt… might be good dirt, but dirt IS DIRT.
    (don’t get soiled, get changed!)

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    • Eleanor Irene Van Buskirk@Sunny Carrol Moreno
      October 5, 2019, 1:17 pm

      Criminal negligence has already been found on the Election Board & Staff. Why hasn’t our current Chief filed a restraining order instead of allowing these same people to come & go, covering up other improprieties if this election? Come on! I’m filing my complaint with the Election Office the first thing Monday.

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