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.
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