Friday, August 29, 2008

Ballot Box Access Denied This Afternoon

By Ken Davison
Feather News

Tribal members who intended to drop their ballots into the ballot box at the tribal government office this afternoon found the building's front doors locked.

The tribal government let "non-essential employees" go early today, around noon, due to the onset of the Labor Day weekend.

Unfortunately, the tribal council and upper management did not take into consideration that today is the last weekday for members to drop their ballots into the ballot box.

I went to the government building this afternoon. The front door was locked and nobody was inside. A notice on the front door directed people to the back door. It too was locked. Another tribal member, an elder who lives an hour away, was standing at the back door wondering what to do.

For others who may be wondering the same thing, there's only one thing to do: Go to the government building just before 9 a.m. on Sunday, when the ballots are due to be counted, and give your ballot to a member of the election committee.

According to the instruction letter that accompanied the ballot, "All ballots must be mailed back in the official envelope provided and received via U.S. Mail no later than 4:30 p.m. on Friday, August 29th. You may deposit your ballot envelope in the official ballot box during regular business hours up until 4:30 p.m. on that date. The ballot box will be located at the fron security desk of the Tribal Office. Ballots not received in the official envelpes or any envelope containing more than one marked ballot will be rejected automatically. The Election Committee will accept hand-delivered ballot envelopes just before the counting process begins around 9:00 a.m. on August 31st."