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July 4, 2013

Cherokee Councilwoman files legal challenge citing voting irregularities

TAHLEQUAH —

Cherokee Nation Councilwoman Meredith Frailey has filed a legal challenge with the Cherokee Nation Supreme Court citing voting irregularities in the June 22  District 15 election. 
The legal petition was filed after discovering in District 15, there were over 20 people who resided in the District but voted outside the District.  
Those votes prevent any candidate from getting a majority and winning the Election for Councilmember. 
Frailey said that the Cherokee people deserve to know that their elections are fair and credible. 
They need assurance that each vote is correctly counted and canvassed and they know beyond doubt that their voices are heard. 
Councilwoman Frailey stated, “I filed this legal challenge because it is about the Cherokee people, not politics.”   She continued, “The short time between redistricting and the actual election date created confusion about which district Cherokee citizens reside and in which precinct they were required to vote.  The Election Commission had little time to properly inform and educate the voters about the District changes and to distribute absentee ballots on the scheduled dates.” 
The Councilwoman underscored that the most important issue in challenging the District 15 election is ensuring that Cherokee citizens’ voices are heard in every election.” 
A hearing date has been set for 9 a.m. July 10 before the Cherokee Nation Supreme Court at the historic Cherokee Court House in downtown Tahlequah. 
For more information contact Meredith Frailey at (918) 453-1572 or via email at mfrailey@sstelco.com.

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