By TEDDYE SNELL
Cherokee citizens will take to the voting booths Saturday, June 22, as eight tribal council seats are up for grabs. Polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. in all seven districts.
Candidates running for open tribal council slots are listed by district:
• District 2 includes incumbent Joe Byrd and Tamsye Dreadfulwater.
• District 4 includes incumbent Don Garvin, Mike Dobbins and Justin Carlton.
• District 5 includes incumbent David Thornton Sr., Dink Scott and Sherri Doolin.
• District 7 includes incumbent Frankie Hargis and Joe Adair.
• District 9 includes incumbent Curtis Snell and Lonus Mitchell.
• District 10 - newly created under redistricting - includes Harley Buzzard and Nettie Detherage.
• District 15 includes incumbent Meredith Frailey, Marilyn Cooper and Janees Taylor.
• At-large candidates include incumbent Jack Baker, Robin Mayes, Ken Luttrell, Carole Richmond, Curtis West and Curtis Bruehl.
In-person absentee voting will be held at the Cherokee Nation Election Commission office from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., June 18-20.
Requests for recounts will be accepted between Monday, June 24 and Wednesday, June 26. Should a recount be required, it will take place on Thursday and Friday, June 27-28.
Monday, July 1, is the deadline for run-off absentee ballot requests, as well as the election appeals deadline. Runoff absentee ballots will be mailed July 8-9; in-person absentee runoff voting will take place July 20, and 23-25. The runoff election will be Saturday, July 27.
Now that Cherokee Nation Tribal Council members have drawn new districts for the upcoming June 22 election, an online map is available for citizens to key in their address to find their district. Citizens can type in their addresses at http://geo data.cherokee.org/Election Addresses/ and it will show their new representative district. They can also call the election commission office at (800) 353-2895 to validate their districts.