Election Commission OKs precinct locations

BY CHAD HUNTER
Reporter
03/22/2019 08:30 AM
TAHLEQUAH – Cherokee Nation election officials on March 12 approved voting locations for the tribe’s June 1 general election.

The approved precincts will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. on election day.

“If your precinct has changed, the information of the location is printed on the voter ID card you will receive in April 2019,” a news release from the Election Commission states.

Dist. 1
Precincts are Sequoyah High School Cafeteria, 17091 S. Muskogee Ave., in Tahlequah; Hulbert Community Building, 316 Rider Lane in Hulbert; and the Senior Citizen Center, 3701 E. 75 St. N. in Okay.

Dist. 2
Precincts are Sequoyah High School Cafeteria, 17091 S. Muskogee Ave., in Tahlequah; Tri-Community (W.E.B.) Association, 17914 S. 580 Road in Briggs; and Lowrey VFD, 9775 Hwy. 82-A.

Dist. 3
Precincts are Sequoyah High School Cafeteria, 17091 S. Muskogee Ave., in Tahlequah; and the Keys Community Building, 19083 E. 840 Road in Park Hill.

Dist. 4
Sites are the Fort Gibson Community Building, 200 W. Poplar St. in Fort Gibson; Three Rivers Health Center, 1001 S. 41st St. E. in Muskogee; and Warner Public School Event Center, 1012 5th Ave., in Warner.

Dist. 5
Locations are the Gore Police and Fire Station, 1201 N. Main; Redbird Health Center, 301 S. J. T. Stites St. in Sallisaw; and Vian Public School (BJ Traw Gym), 203 W. Hunter.

Dist. 6
Precincts are at United Methodist Church, 2100 McGee Dr. in Sallisaw; the Nicut/Belfonte Community Center, 474894 State Hwy. 101 in Muldrow; Marble City Hall, 120 A N. Main St.; and Muldrow High School cafeteria, 715 W. Shawntel Smith Blvd.

Dist. 7
Locations are the Wilma P. Mankiller Health Center, 471688 Hwy. 51 in Stilwell; Westville School cafeteria, 500 W. Chincapin; Lyons Switch Community Association, 463101 E. 914 Road in Bunch; and NOAC Chewey Community Building, 64741 S. 4645 Road in Watts.

Dist. 8
Sites are the Wilma P. Mankiller Health Center, 471688 Hwy. 51 in Stilwell; Westville School cafeteria, 500 W. Chincapin; and Bell Public School, N. 5th St., in Stilwell.

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

Dist. 10
Sites are the Sam Hider Health Center, 859 E. Melton Drive in Jay; AMO Health Center, 900 N. Owen Walter Blvd., in Salina; Afton City Hall, 201 S.W. 1st St.; Grove Community Center, 104 W. 3rd St.; Spavinaw City Hall, 119 S. Main; and the Graham Community Building, 6 N. Adair in Pryor.

Dist. 11
Precincts are the CN Health Center, 27371 S. 4410 Road in Vinita; Gateway Assembly of God Church, 440 W. 10th St., in Welch; and Native American Fellowship Inc., 215 Oklahoma St., in South Coffeyville.

Dist. 12
Sites are the No-We-Ta CN Community Center, 1020 Lenape Drive in Nowata; HACN Keeler Heights, 1003 S. Virginia Ave., in Bartlesville; and VFW Post 7977, 133169 N. Cincinnati Ave., in Skiatook.

Dist. 13
Locations are the American Legion Post 1, 1120 E. 8th St., in Tulsa; HACN Complex, 310 Chief Stand Waite Drive in Catoosa; and Veterans Community Center, 903 W. Main in Collinsville.

Dist. 14
Locations are HACN Claremore, 23205 S. Hwy. 66 in Claremore; Boys & Girls Club, 119 N. Ash St., in Chelsea; and Oologah Assembly of God Church, 13462 S. Hwy. 169 in Oologah.

Dist. 15
Precincts are the Cherokee Elder Rainbow House, 101 Market Place in Locust Grove; Graham Community Building, 6 N. Adair in Pryor; AMO Health Center, 900 N. Owen Walter Blvd., in Salina; and HACN Claremore, 23205 S. Hwy. 66 in Claremore.

A year ago, there were approximately 69,250 registered voters. As of March 13, there are 71,722, Marcus Fears, EC administrator, said.

“Currently, the office is being inundated with emails, mail, faxes and calls as anticipated, all regarding voter registrations, absentee ballot requests, all sorts of different questions,” Fears said.

The deadline for voter registration is March 29. April 19 is the deadline for absentee ballot requests. Those ballots will be mailed April 30 and May 1.

At the polls, CN voters are encouraged to bring voter identification.

“Your voter identification card can help precinct officials find your name in the precinct signature book,” an EC news release states, “and it may also help them resolve the problem if you are not listed in the precinct signature book.”

Voters who disagree with the information in the signature book or whose names are not found in the book may cast a challenged ballot.

“A challenged ballot is sealed in a special envelope and counted after the challenged ballots are returned to the CNEC office if the voter's information can be verified by the Cherokee Nation Election Commission,” the release states.

For more information, call 918-458-5899 or 1-800-353-2895.

The Cherokee Phoenix will host debates for the principal chief and deputy chief races on April 16 at Northeastern State University’s W. Roger Webb Educational Technology Center Auditorium.

Doors will open at 5 p.m. The deputy chief debate will begin at 6 p.m. Following that debate and a short intermission, the principal chief candidates’ debate will begin at 7:30 p.m.

Dylan Goforth, editor-in-chief of The Frontier, a nonprofit journalism group in Oklahoma, will moderate.

The Cherokee Phoenix has previously hosted three similar debates in 2007, 2011 and 2015.
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