Election filing period begins May 17; Annual Meeting Sept. 14

The opening date to file for candidacy for the 2013 election is May 17.

All candidates interested in running for elective office need to file no later than 4:30 p.m., June 16, when the filing period closes.

The Wyandotte Nation will hold their Annual Meeting and Election at the Bearskin Healthcare and Wellness Center near Wyandotte, Okla., on Sept. 14, 2013. The Annual Meeting will be held at 10 a.m. and the election from 9 a.m. until 11 a.m. to decide the following positions:

  • Chief
  • 3 Board of Directors members
  • 3 Grievance Committee members

The term of each position is four years. Current members will hold their office until successors are duly elected and given their oath of office.

All qualified members of the Wyandotte Nation who want to be placed on the ballot must file a “Declaration of Candidacy” in person with the Election Board Secretary or a designated representative at the Wyandotte Nation Administration Building, located at 64700 E Hwy 60, in Wyandotte.

No person can be a candidate for more than one office at any one time. The Election Board Secretary will post a complete list of all candidates, along with their respective office of candidacy, at the Tribal Complex no later than three days following the close of the filing period.

A $50 filing fee will be assessed for each candidate filing for chief and the board of directors. A $10 filing fee will be assessed for Grievance Committee candidates. Each candidate for elective office can make these fees payable to the Wyandotte Nation by certified check, cashier’s check or money order.

The fees are used for election purposes. The filing fee must be paid on the same date the prospective candidate submits his or her Declaration of Candidacy. The fee is non-refundable.

The official polling place for tribal elections will be the Bearskin Healthcare and Wellness Center classroom. The polling place will be open from 9 a.m. until 11 a.m. Any voter in line at the polling place but unable to cast a ballot before 11 a.m. will be allowed to finish voting. The polling place will be staffed by at least two polling officials designated by the Election Board.

Each voter will be required to present a photo ID and Tribal Membership Card. If the Tribal Membership Card has a photo on it, this will satisfy both of these requirements.

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