2019 general election voter registration ends March 29
TAHLEQUAH – According to a Cherokee Nation Election Commission release, March 29 is the last day to apply for voter registration to be eligible to vote in the June 1 general election and July 27 runoff, if a runoff is necessary.
CN citizens who are 18 years old prior to or on the day of the election may apply to become a registered voter. Any CN citizens who is 17 years old and can show that his or her birthday is prior to the election date shall be allowed to register to vote.
CN citizens who have never been registered to vote before or who are not registered in the district of their respective residences, as well as people who are registered but need to change their registration information, may apply by completing a CN Election Commission Voter Registration Application on or before March 29.
The EC release also states that absentee request forms are being accepted through April 19 for the general election. A CN citizen only has to apply one time to receive the absentee ballots for the general and the runoff elections.
According to the release, CN Voter Registration and the Absentee Applications are available at the EC Office located at 17763 S. Muskogee Ave. and online at cherokee.org/elections.aspx
Any CN citizen who would like to receive a voter registration application may also request the form in an email, phone call or fax. To call the EC, dial 918-458-5899 or toll free at 1-800-353-2895 or fax 918-458-6101. To request an application by mail, write P.O. Box 1188, Tahlequah, OK 74465-1188 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Forms may be returned by mail, fax, email or in person to the EC Office.
As of March 13, there are 71,722, Marcus Fears, Election Commission administrator, said. He said a year ago, there were approximately 69,250 registered voters.
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.
Voting at the precincts will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. on June 1. Early voting will be held.