Additional Voting Days Added to Cherokee Nation Special Election

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Eligible, registered Cherokee Nation voters, including those who are Cherokee Freedmen descendants, who have not yet cast their ballot in the special election for Principal Chief now have additional time to vote.

Eligible, registered Cherokee Nation voters, including those who are Cherokee Freedmen descendants, who have not yet cast their ballot in the special election for Principal Chief now have additional time to vote.

Any eligible voter, which means someone who registered to vote by the original March 31, 2011 deadline, who has not yet cast a ballot in the special election may do so by participating in walk-in voting in Tahlequah. Walk-in voting days will be held on Thursday, Sept. 29, Saturday, Oct. 1, Tuesday, Oct. 4, Thursday, Oct. 6 and Saturday, Oct. 8 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Election Services office at 22116 S. Bald Hill Road.

The Commission will also accept absentee ballots until Oct. 8, from any eligible, registered voter who requested an absentee ballot, but has yet to vote that ballot. Absentee ballots may be hand delivered to the Election Commission offices on any of the walk-in voting days or until 7 p.m. on Oct. 8. Absentee ballots can also be mailed to the Election Commission, but must be received in Tahlequah by noon on Oct. 8.

According to the Cherokee Nation Election Commission, more than 8,700 ballots were cast during precinct voting on Saturday and more than 1,100 citizens cast ballots during early walk-in voting. These are preliminary numbers that will be verified when the Commission begins counting the ballots on Sunday, Oct. 9, at 8 a.m. For more information call the Election Commission at 1-800-353-2895 or visit http://www.cherokee.org.

About Cherokee Nation
The Cherokee Nation is the sovereign operating government of the Cherokee people. It is a federally recognized tribe of more than 300,000 Cherokee citizens, with its capital located in Tahlequah, Okla. Employing more than 8,200 people, Cherokee Nation’s annual economic impact in Oklahoma and surrounding areas is more than $1.3 billion. To learn more, please visit http://www.cherokee.org.

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