Happy New Year! It’s time to vote again!
The absentee ballot request period for the June 3, 2023 election of the Principal Chief, Deputy Chief, and about half of the Tribal Council opened on January 1, 2023. As experienced voters know, At Large voting in Cherokee Nation elections is a series of steps that begin with registering to vote (if one is not already), requesting an absentee ballot, and then voting that ballot. There are deadlines on each step.
The voter registration form and absentee ballot request form are attached. Anyone who is already registered to vote does not need to do so again. Below is the calendar to register, request, and vote!
Important 2023 Cherokee Nation Election Dates and Deadlines
January 1 – Absentee ballot request period opens (anyone who is not already registered to vote can also send a voter registration form along with their absentee ballot request). Returned forms may be scanned or photographed and emailed, faxed, or mailed by regular mail.
March 31, 2023 – Deadline to submit voter registration form for the 2023 election. Form must be received at the Election Commission by
April 10, 2023 – Deadline to submit absentee ballot request form. Form must be received at the Election Commission by any of the above methods before midnight on this date.
April 25-25 – Absentee ballots mailed out.
May 27, 30, 31, June 1, 2023 – Early walk-in voting at Election Commission office in Tahlequah, OK. An absentee ballot drop box will also be available on these dates at the Election Commission office in Tahlequah.
May 30, 2023 – Last date to request an absentee ballot replacement for anyone whose ballot has been lost in the mailed or spoiled.
June 3, 2023 – ELECTION DAY! All absentee ballots must be received at the post office in Tahlequah before their closing time of 12 pm.
June 4,2023 – Absentee ballot request period opens for the runoff election (if there is one). Anyone who voted in the general election will automatically receive an absentee ballot if there is a runoff election.
June 12, 2023 – Deadline for absentee ballot requests for the runoff election.
July 1, 4, 5, and 6, 2023 – Early walk-in voting and absentee ballot drop box available in Tahlequah, OK.
July 4, 2023 – Last day to request an absentee ballot replacement for the runoff for anyone whose ballot has been lost in the mailed or spoiled.
July 8, 2023 – Runoff election.
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