Election Commission approves precinct locations

BY JAMI MURPHY
Former Reporter
03/15/2017 04:00 PM
TAHLEQUAH, Okla. – On March 14, the Cherokee Nation’s Election Commission approved 30 precinct locations for the eight jurisdictional Tribal Council elections set for June 3.

For Dist. 2, the locations are the Lowrey Fire Department at 9775 82-A Hwy, Tri-Community (W.E.B.) Association Building at 17914 S. 580 Road in Briggs and Sequoyah High School Cafeteria at 17091 S. Muskogee Ave. in Tahlequah.

For Dist. 4, the precincts are the Three Rivers Health Clinic at 1001 S. 41st East in Muskogee, Fort Gibson Community Building at 200 W. Poplar St. and Warner Public School (event center) at 1301 N. 64 Hwy.

For Dist. 5, the precincts are the Redbird Smith Health Center at 301 S. JT Stites St. in Sallisaw, Gore Police and Fire Station at 1201 N. Main and Vian Public School (B.J. Traw Gym) at 301 W. Hunter.

In Dist. 7, the precincts are the Westville School Cafeteria at 500 W. Chincapin, Lyon Switch Community Association at 463101 E. 914 Road in Bunch, Wilma P. Mankiller Heath Clinic at Hwy 51 East and 59 Hwy in Stilwell and Old Skelly School Church located next to the old Skelly School in Chewey.

In Dist. 9, the precincts are the Kansas High School (cafeteria) at 700 N. Woods Ave., Sam Hider Health Center at 859 E. Melton Drive in Jay, Kenwood School (cafeteria) at 48625 S. 502 Road and Salina AMO Health Center at 900 N. Owen Walter Blvd.

In Dist. 10, the precincts are the Sam Hider Health Center at 859 E. Melton Drive in Jay, Afton Senior Citizen Center at 201 S.W. First St., Grove Community Center at 104 W. Third St., St. Mark Catholic Church at 1507 S. Vann St. in Pryor, Salina AMO Health Center at 900 N. Owen Walter Blvd. and Spavinaw City Hall at 119 S. Main.

In Dist. 11, the precincts are the South Coffeyville Community Building at 215 Oklahoma St., CN Vinita Health Center at 27371 S. 4410 Road and Gateway Assembly of God Church at 440 W. 10th St. in Welch.

In Dist. 15, the precincts are the Locust Grove Upper Elementary School at 720 N. 82 Hwy, St. Mark Catholic Church at 1507 S. Vann St. in Pryor, Salina AMO Health Center at 900 N. Owen Walter Blvd. and Rogers County Building at 416 S. Brady St. in Claremore.

Commissioners also approved minutes from previous EC meetings and took action on a list of people to have access to an EC safety deposit box. Commissioners voted to remove the former employees from the list and added Connie Parnell, elections director, to the list that also includes staff member Kendal Bishop and all five commissioners.

Click here to watchthe meeting.

Lowrey District 2
Lowrey Fire Department
9775 82-A HWY
Tahlequah, OK 74464

Briggs District 2
Tri-Community (W.E.B.) Assoc.
17914 S. 580 RD
Tahlequah, OK 7464

Tahlequah District 2
Sequoyah High-School Cafeteria (bldg. #114)
17091 S. Muskogee Ave
Tahlequah, OK 74464

Muskogee District 4
Three Rivers Health Clinic
1001 S. 41 ST E
Muskogee, OK 74403

Fort Gibson District 4
FT. Gibson Community Building
200 W Poplar ST
Fort Gibson, OK 74434

Warner District 4
Warner Public School (Event Center)
1301 N 64 Hwy
Warner, OK 74469

Sallisaw District 5
Redbird Smith Health Center
301 S JT Stites ST
Sallisaw, OK 74955

Gore District 5
Gore Police and Fire Station
1201 N Main
Gore, Oklahoma 74435

Vian District 5
Vian Public School (B.J. Traw Gym)
301 W Hunter
Vian, OK 74962

Westville District 7
Westville School Cafeteria
500 W Chincapin, Westville Ok 74965
PO Box 410, Westville OK 74965

Cave Springs District 7
Lyon Switch Comm. Association
463101 E 914 Rd. Bunch Ok 74931

Stilwell District 7
Wilma P Mankiller Heath Clinic
RT 6 Box 840 Stilwell Ok 74960
Hwy 51 East and 59 Hwy

Chewey District 7
Old Skelly School Church (Old church Bldg)
(Next to old Skelly School)

Kansas District 9
Kansas High School (Cafeteria)
700 N Woods Ave
Kansas, Oklahoma

Jay District 9
Sam Hider Health Center
859 E. Melton Dr.
Jay, OK 74346

Kenwood District 9
Kenwood School (Cafeteria)
48625 S. 502 RD.
Salina, OK 74365

Salina District 9
Salina AMO Health Center
900 N Owen Walter Blvd
Salina, OK 74365

Jay District 10
Sam Hider Health Center
859 E. Melton Dr.
Jay, OK 74346

Afton District 10
Afton Senior Citizen Center
201 S.W. 1st St.
Afton, OK 74331

Grove District 10
Grove Community Center
104 W 3rd St.
Grove, OK 74344

Pryor District 10
St. Mark Catholic Church (Church activity center)
1507 S. Vann St.
Pryor, OK 74361

Salina District 10
Salina AMO Health Center
900 N Owen Walter Blvd
Salina, OK 74365

Spavinaw District 10
Spavinaw City Hall
119 S. Main
Spavinaw, OK 74366

South Coffeyville District 11
Native American Fellowship Inc.
So Coffeyville Community Bldg
215 Oklahoma St.
South Coffeyville, OK 74072

Vinita District 11
CN Vinita Health Center
27371 S. 4410 RD
Vinita, OK 74301

Welch District 11
Gateway Assembly of God Church
440 W. 10th St.
Welch, OK 74369

Locust Grove District 15
Locust Grove Upper Elementary School
720 N. 82 HWY
Locust Grove, OK 74352

Pryor District 15
St. Mark Catholic Church (Church activity center)
1507 S. Vann St.
Pryor, OK 74361

Salina District 15
Salina AMO Health Center
900 N Owen Walter Blvd
Salina, OK 74365

Claremore District 15
Rogers County Building
416 S Brady St
Claremore, OK

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