Election Commission allots candidates more time for deficient reports

BY STACIE BOSTON
Reporter – @cp_sguthrie
07/14/2017 08:30 AM
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TAHLEQUAH, Okla. – During its July 11 meeting, the Election Commission voted to give Tribal Council candidates who have deficiencies in their financial reports a 10-day period after July 17 to turn in completed reports before whatever actions are available “under the law” are pursued.

“I would suggest that you think about whatever’s not in on the 17th, then you’ll look at those, then you’ll know everybody that needs something. Then send out a letter to every one of them giving them 10 days to amend and get it in,” EC attorney Harvey Chaffin said. “I’ll have to prepare that letter that will basically cite the statute and tell them what we can do under the statute. That if they don’t have their financials in within that 10-day timeframe then we will peruse whatever actions available to the commission under the law.”

Commissioner Carolyn Allen said before those candidates receive a letter listing their deficiencies the EC would hold a meeting where commissioners would finalize the letter and list of deficiencies to be sent to those who failed to meet the guidelines.

Allen said as far as she knows nothing like this has been enforced, but the EC has never had a problem obtaining the financials or corrected responses.

“I think we’ve all made contacts either by phone numerous times or even personal visits. I have pages and pages of stuff documented here,” she said. “Some of them just blow you off, will not respond and…they just ignore you at this point. We have a law that allows us to take some action, and I think we should enforce it.”

Chaffin said if those who have defaulted do not respond to the letter then the EC should set a hearing.

“Have a hearing on it and just decide what to do. I believe that’s a feature in the statute,” he said.

Chaffin said a list of deficiencies for those in default should be formulated.

“It’ll be time consuming, but you probably need to for each one...in the letter what their deficiencies are and what needs to be done,” he said.

Allen said that’s something she and other commissioners have already worked on.

“We’ll have to check everybody’s notes or whatever everyone else comes up with, but I kind of spent some time doing that. Each one of us have kind of been doing that all along for the last few weeks,” she said.

Allen said implementing the process would alleviate some of the time commissioners spend trying to reach people as the commission did after previous elections.

“Even though we did that with some and told them what their deficiencies are they either don’t respond or they respond by doing it incorrectly even though if you’ve already told them specifically, ‘this is what needs to be done to be corrected.’ It’s really been very time consuming throughout the whole process,” she said. “We’ve all spent a lot of time trying to get those in order.”

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