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Upcoming Elections


Election Board

Hello, my name is Kim Jenkins and I am your Election Board Commissioner. I would like to update everyone on a few things.

September Election, Absentee Ballots and Fax Line:

The first being that we have an Election coming up on September 9th for the Chair, Secretary and two Tribal Council members.

The Tribal Council is in the process of getting a fax line for the Election Board so that we can receive Absentee Ballots requests, and it be in a secure room.  We will circulate the phone number for that fax machine as soon as it becomes available. We ask that you do not send Absentee Ballot requests to the fax number at the Kaw Nation Administration building. If you would like to put your phone number on the fax we will call you to let you know we have received it.

Election Notices, Election Ordinance Corrections and Attorney General:

We also will be sending out an Election Notice the first of May. The Election Board has been going over the Election Ordinance and making corrections so that the Election Ordinance follows the Constitution of the Kaw Nation. One of those corrections is why we will not have an Attorney General election at the April General Council meeting. The Kaw Nation Constitution states that “When the Attorney General position is vacant the Tribal Council shall present three (3) candidates for Attorney General to the General Council who shall select one for a term of three (3) years.”

The Election Ordinance stated in Section 22. Vacancies, that “A vacancy may occur in position of the Tribal Council or Attorney General due to death, recall, resignation, or by other circumstances.” The Election Ordinance goes on to describe how to fill the positions for the unexpired term of the vacant position.

The Election Ordinance is incorrect and not consistent with the Constitution. The Constitution states in Article IX: Election, section 4. Vacancies, “A vacancy in the office of either an Executive Officer or a Tribal Council member, which results from death, resignation, forfeiture, removal, or recall shall be filled as follows:”. This section of the Constitution covers only Executive Officers (which include the Chair, Vice Chair and Secretary) and Tribal Council, not the Attorney General.

The revised Election Ordinance if passed at the April 8th General Council meeting will amend Section 22 to read: “A vacancy in the office of either an Executive Officer or a Tribal Council member, which results from death, resignation, forfeiture, removal, or recall may occur.” This revision will make the Election Ordinance consistent with the Constitution of the Kaw Nation.

You will be able to find this information on the Kaw Nation website also. If you have any questions please call me at 405-880-4686 or email me at kjenkins@kawnation.com.
Thank you,

Kim Jenkins

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