Government

First round absentee ballots in the mail

The Osage Nation Election Office mailed off the first round of absentee ballots Jan. 29.

As of Jan. 30, the office mailed out 974 absentee ballots to Osage voters who requested them for the March 10 primary election. All ballots were mailed from the Pawhuska Post Office first class, marking the first time absentee ballots were mailed from Pawhuska per election law.

Absentee voters must ensure election office staff receives their ballots no later than Election Day to be eligible.

Due to construction of the Osage Nation Master Plan and unforeseen obstacles to parking, all voting will take place at the Wah-Zha-Zhi Cultural Center, located at 1499 W. Main Street in Pawhuska.

Election staff will count the ballots at the cultural center and announce the winners in front of the Osage Nation Congressional Chambers on election night. All candidate camps will be located on the Osage Campus grounds, per tradition, and shuttles will be available to shuttle voters to and from the polling place.

This is the Nation’s first Primary Election

The deadline to request an absentee ballot for the Primary Election is Feb. 10. All candidates have been certified and passed background checks by the Attorney General’s office.

The Osage News will be profiling all nine candidates and fact checking their campaign material. The Osage News will also be hosting a debate for the Primary Election candidates on Feb. 1 at the Hominy Co-Op building at 207 E. Main St. The debates will be live-streamed by the Osage Nation Communications team on the Osage Nation website.

Important Upcoming Dates

Feb. 1 – Osage News Political Debates for Primary Election Candidates
Feb. 10 – Deadline to request an absentee ballot.
March 7 – Early Voting, polls open 12 p.m. to 8 p.m., ON Election Office
March 8 – Early Voting, polls open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., ON Election Office
March 10 – Election Day, polls open 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., WahZhaZhi Cultural Center
Winners announced at Osage Nation Congressional Chambers

General Election

March 14-31 – Filing dates for members of Congress, six positions available
April 23 – Absentee ballot mailing begins
April 26 – Osage News Political Debates for OMC Candidates
May 3-4 – Osage News Political Debates for General Election Candidates
May 5 – Deadline to request an absentee ballot
May 30 – Early Voting, polls open 12 p.m. to 8 p.m., ON Election Office
May 31 – Early Voting, polls open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., ON Election Office
June 2 – Election Day, polls open 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., WahZhaZhi Cultural Center

Winners announced at Osage Nation Congressional Chambers

The Osage Election Office is located at 608 Kihekah in downtown Pawhuska. For more information on the upcoming elections contact the election office at (918) 287-5289.

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This story was corrected on Feb. 3 to reflect the polling place for the early voting. The Osage News regrets the error.

Location

Osage Nation Election Office
608 Kihekah
PawhuskaOK
United States