Key deadline looms for June 3 election

Tribal citizens who aren’t registered to vote have until March 31 to sign up in time for the Cherokee Nation’s June 3 General Election. 

TAHLEQUAH – Cherokee Nation citizens who aren’t registered to vote have until the end of the month to sign up in time for the June 3 General Election.

According to a timeline provided by the CN Election Commission, the deadline to register is March 31.

“Now is the time to check and make sure you are registered to vote,” a news release from the EC states. “Citizens are encouraged to check with the Election Commission office and to verify the information is correct.”

To register, CN citizens must be at least 18 years old by Election Day, June 3. A run-off election, if necessary, will take place on July 8. Both are on Saturdays.

“Persons who have never been registered to vote or are not currently registered in the district of their residence, and those who are registered but who need to change their registration information may apply by filling out and submitting a Cherokee Nation Voter Registration Application form on or before March 31, 2023,” the EC says. “Voters with a new 911 address will need to complete a Voter Registration Application form updating their new address information on or before the voter registration deadline.”

Voter registration forms can be requested or submitted in-person, by standard mail, email and fax. Voter registration forms are available at the Election Commission office in Tahlequah and on its website,

The Cherokee Nation has more than 74,600 registered voters. According to the EC, it responds in writing to everyone who submits a voter registration application.

“The response is either a Voter Notification Card listing the new voter’s district number or a letter that explains the reason or reasons the application for voter registration was not approved,” the EC states. “Any person who has submitted a voter registration application and who has not received a response within 30 days should contact the Election Commission office.”

The deadline to request an absentee ballot for the June 3 election is April 10. They are available at the EC’s office and website. The deadline is June 12 for the July 8 run-off election.

The Election Commission’s email is Call the office at 918-458-5899 or toll free at 800-353-2895. The commission’s website is, and its mailing address is P.O. Box 1188, Tahlequah, OK 74465-1188. The fax number is 918-458-6101.