TAHLEQUAH – Precincts will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. on July 24, 2021 for the Cherokee Nation’s runoff election to decide four remaining Tribal Council seats.

The seats are for Districts 2, 7, 10 and At-Large.

The Dist. 2 race is between Candessa Tehee and Bobby Slover, while Joshua Sam and David Comingdeer face off for the Dist. 7 seat. In Dist. 10, Shaunda Handle-Davis will face Melvina Shotpouch, while voters will choose between Johnny Jack Kidwell and Kyle Haskins for the remaining At-Large seat.

Runoffs are held when any one candidate fails to achieve more than 50% of the vote during the general election. The general election was held June 5. The top two vote getters then move on to a runoff election.

According to the Election Commission, voters who are registered and reside at an address within the district’s boundaries of the Council seats that are on the ballots are eligible to vote in the July 24 runoff. EC officials also said early absentee voting will be held from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. in the EC office in Tahlequah on July 17 and July 20-22.

According to the EC, precinct locations in the runoff election are:

Dist. 2

Sequoyah High School Cafeteria

17091 S. Muskogee Ave. in Tahlequah

Tri-Community (W.E.B.) Association

17914 S. 580 Road in Briggs

Peggs Community Center

1105 E. Hickory in Peggs

Dist. 7

Maryetta School Eagleton Activity Center  

470819 E. 810 Road in Stilwell

Westville School (Cafeteria)

500 W. Chincapin in Westville

 Lyons Switch Community Association 

86367 S. 4637 Road in Bunch

 NOAC Chewey Community Building

64741 S. 4645 Road in Watts

Dist. 10

Jay CN PPE/Food Distribution Center

1305 N. Industrial Park Road in Jay 

Lakeview Baptist Church

306 S. Owen Walters Blvd. in Salina

Afton City Hall 

201 SW First St. in Afton

FUMC Church Grove 

1005 Leisure Road in Grove

Spavinaw City Hall 

119 S. Main in Spavinaw

 Graham Community Building

6 N. Adair in Pryor

Pursuant to Principal Chief Chuck Hoskin Jr.’s executive order, voters will be required to wear masks inside the precincts and precinct officials will be taking precautions such as wearing masks, social distancing. Precinct officials will also clean and sanitize voting booths.