MCN Election Board to hold new Primary Election within the 60 days of the SC decision
UPDATE: Oct. 4, 2019
RETRACTION: General election dates to rollover as new primary election
On Oct. 3 Mvskoke Media published the article ‘General Election dates to rollover as new primary election,” on MvskokeMedia.com.
The article states incorrectly that ‘the 2019 MCN Primary Election would be deemed ‘null and void’ after the discovery of an absentee ballot box had been tampered with.’
The article published also states incorrectly, that “[t[he opinion states ‘No election board representative could account for this action,’ referring to the tampering of an absentee ballot box.
The Court did state ‘that at least one of the absentee ballot transfer cases were in-fact opened after affixing the initial red straps, and that no contemporaneous record was kept justifying this subsequent access…”(page 7 of the Opinion)
No where in the SC courts opinion does it specifically state tampering took place.
The opinion of the SC court stated that specific investigation into an instance of tampering was not necessary and did not take place.
Mvskoke Media was notified of these mistakes by MCN Supreme Court Staff Attorney Joshua Atwood. These reports will be corrected before appearing in print in the Mvskoke News publication.
by Skyler Drinnon, Reporter
The Muscogee (Creek) Nation Election Board has decided to fulfill the Supreme Court’s decision and hold a new MCN Primary Election on November 2.
On October 2, the MCN Supreme Court issued an order and opinion stating that the 2019 MCN Primary Election would be deemed ‘null and void’ after the discovery of an absentee ballot box that had been tampered with.
The ballot boxes are sealed with a special strap that contains a numerical code that must be broken in order to access the ballots.
The ballot boxes were stored at Lighthorse Police Department in a locked jail cell while under 24-hour surveillance.
The opinion states ‘No election board representative could account for this action,’ referring to the tampering of an absentee ballot box.
MCN Election Board has decided to comply with the SC and hold a new Primary Election within 60 days of the court’s decision to find the previous Primary Election ‘null and void.’
The Court’s decision also came following principal chief candidate Lucian Tiger’s filing for a recount. Tiger will be refunded for the money paid for this filing.
The new ballots will also see former Principal Chief George Tiger removed as an option for principal chief.
MCN Election Board decided to use the previous dates set for the General Election as the new dates for the Primary Election.
The updated dates for the new MCN Primary Election are as followed:
October 9- Deadline to register for an absentee voter ballot.
October 14- Absentee ballots will be mailed and an updated MCN Primary ballot will be posted.
October 30 and 31- Early in-person voting between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. will take place at the Eufaula, Okemah, Okmulgee and Tulsa Indian Community Centers.
November 2- Primary Election voting
The current tentative date for the MCN General Election is set for December 14 with more information to be released at a later time.
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