Notices regarding disqualified candidates to be posted at voting sites
The Cherokee Nation Election Commission will post notices at precincts alerting voters that two candidates on the ballot are disqualified. CHAD HUNTER/CHEROKEE PHOENIX
TAHLEQUAH – The Cherokee Nation Election Commission voted May 30 to post notices at precincts alerting voters that two candidates on the ballot are disqualified.
Separate notices will be posted regarding former Dist. 8 candidate Jodie Fishinghawk, who was disqualified May 23, and former principal chief candidate David Walkingstick, who was disqualified May 24.
“Notice is hereby given that the Cherokee Nation Election Commission disqualified David Walkingstick as a candidate for principal chief for the 2019 Cherokee Nation election,” one approved notice states, “and on May 29th, 2019, the Cherokee Nation Supreme Court upheld the disqualification of David Walkingstick.”
Verbiage on the Fishinghawk notice will depend on whether she files an appeal with the Supreme Court prior to the May 31 deadline. The notice will either indicate Fishinghawk was disqualified by the EC but has appealed to the Supreme Court or that she was disqualified and did not appeal.
Special notices for a third disqualified candidate, At-Large Tribal Councilor Wanda Hatfield, were sent to voters who requested absentee ballots.