Early in-person tribal voting begins

Early in-person voting begins today at Choctaw Nation Community Centers in southeast Oklahoma.

Mail-in ballots are to be received at the Durant Post Office no later than 4:30 p.m. today.

Local eligible tribal members who did not mail in a ballot can cast ballots from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the District 11 Community Center located at 3274 Afullota Hina in McAlester.

According to the Choctaw Nation, eligible tribal members may go to any open voting location during the early voting period or Election Day to complete a Voter Registration Form. A waiting period to process your form is possible before receiving a ballot during same day registration depending on the number of registrants.

Same day registrants must provide a 911 physical address, a mailing address if different than the physical address, and a signature.

In District 11, Tribal Councilman Bob Pate is running for reelection against Nellie Meashintubby, Robert Karr, and Arthur (Rob) Robertson.

All 12 Choctaw Nation Districts will vote on two Choctaw Constitutional amendments.

The proposals ask voters to decide if they want to change constitutional articles regarding number of votes required to address council members at meetings and a path for the tribe speaker to become chief in the event of a vacancy.

More information regarding the tribal election can be found at www.choctawnation.com/vote.

Contact Derrick James at djames@mcalesternews.com

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