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File #: 20-057    Version: Name:
Type: Legislative Act Status: Passed
File created: 9/9/2020 In control: TRIBAL COUNCIL
On agenda: 9/24/2020 Final action: 10/20/2020
Enactment date: 10/13/2020 Enactment #: LA-24-20
Title: AN ACT AMENDING TITLE 26 SECTION 78 OF THE CHEROKEE NATION CODE ANNOTATED TO ENHANCE AND EXPAND THE VERIFICATION OF IDENTIFICATION OF CHEROKEE CITIZENS VOTING THROUGH ABSENTEE BALLOTS
Sponsors: Julia Coates, Mary Baker Shaw, Joe Deere
Indexes: Absentee Ballots, Election, Election Law, Notary, Voters
Code sections: Title 26 - Elections
Attachments: 1. LA-24-20.PDF
Related files: 16-025, 20-089

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AN ACT AMENDING TITLE 26 SECTION 78 OF THE CHEROKEE NATION CODE ANNOTATED TO ENHANCE AND EXPAND THE VERIFICATION OF IDENTIFICATION OF CHEROKEE CITIZENS VOTING THROUGH ABSENTEE BALLOTS

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BE IT ENACTED BY THE CHEROKEE NATION:

 

Section 1.                     Title and Codification

 

This Act codifies certain amendments to Title 26 § 78 of the Cherokee Nation Code Annotated and shall be known as the “Cherokee Citizen Identification Verification Act”. 

 

Section 2.                     Findings

 

The Council of the Cherokee Nation finds that an emergency exists within the Cherokee Nation and that it is necessary and proper to enhance and expand the verification of voter identification of Cherokee citizens voting through absentee ballots.

 

Section 3.                     Purpose

 

The purpose of this Act is to amend Title 26 § 78 of the Cherokee Nation Code Annotated to enhance and expand the verification of identification of Cherokee citizens voting through absentee ballots. Voter identification and verification is the fundamental foundation for Cherokee citizens to have confidence in the legitimacy of Cherokee elections. Voter identification and verification can be achieved through more than one method to insure that all registered voters of the Cherokee Nation are able to participate in all Cherokee elections.

                     

                     

Section 4.                     Legislative History

 

Article VI, Section 7 of the Cherokee Nation Constitution states that the Council shall have the power to establish laws which it shall deem necessary and proper for the good of the Nation.

 

 

Source. LA 06-10, eff. February 23, 2010.

 

 

 

 

History

Amended. LA 26-14, eff. October 25, 2014.

Amended. LA 46-12, eff. December 17, 2012.

Amended. LA 04-14, eff. February 19, 2014.

Amended. LA 12-16, eff. May 18, 2016.

 

Section 5.                     Substantive Provisions

 

§ 78. Return of absentee ballots

                     A.                     A voter shall mark his ballot in permanent black or blue ball point ink; seal the ballot in the secrecy envelope; fill out completely and sign the affidavit on the front of the affidavit envelope in the presence of a notary public; the affidavit envelope must be notarized and the notary seal affixed for the ballot : (i) in the presence of a notary public; or (ii) in the presence of one (1) witness of legal age and enclose a copy of a government issued photo identification.  The affidavit envelope must be: (a) notarized and the notary seal affixed to the affidavit; or (b) signed by the one (1) witness of legal age and included an enclosed copy of a government issued photo identification to be counted; and return the documents inside the postage paid return envelope via the United States mail to the Election Commission. Only those absentee ballots which are mailed to the Election Commission and which reach the Election Commission post office box in Tahlequah, Oklahoma, no later than  7:00 p.m. on Election Day shall be counted; provided that personal delivery of  an absentee ballot shall be accepted during in person absentee voting as provided in 26 CNCA § 62(D) and on Friday the day before election  and  election day from 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m., only if the voter or person designated by the voter delivers the ballot to the Election Commission Office. Voting in person at a precinct by a voter who has requested an absentee ballot shall be permitted, however, that voter must cast a challenged ballot to allow the Commission to determine whether an absentee ballot was cast. In the event that a valid absentee ballot was returned by the voter, the challenged ballot will not be counted. In the event that a valid absentee ballot was not returned by a voter, the challenged ballot will be counted.

 

                     B.                     The Election Commission is authorized and directed to reach agreements with the appropriate jurisdictions to ensure free notarization of the ballots to the greatest extent possible.

 

Section 6.                     Provisions as Cumulative

 

The provisions of this Act shall be cumulative to existing law.

 

Section 7.                     Severability

 

The provisions of this Act are severable and if any part or provision hereof shall be held void, the decision of the Court so holding shall not affect or impair any of the remaining parts or provisions of this Act.

 

 

Section 8.                     Effective Date/Emergency Declared

 

It being immediately necessary for the welfare of the Cherokee Nation, the Council hereby declares that an emergency exists, by reason whereof this act shall take effect and be in full force after its passage and approval.