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Early voting days set for June 3-4 in 2016 ON election

The Osage Nation Election Office will hold two days of early voting on Friday June 3 and Saturday June 4 at the Election Office at 608 Kihekah in Pawhuska.

The early voting hours are:

  • June 3: noon to 8 p.m.
  • June 4: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The Election Office will collect and store all voted ballots from the two early voting days in the office vault until the June 6 general election day, said Election Supervisor Alexis Rencountre.

On Election Day morning, the Election Office (with an ON police escort) will transport those ballots, along with the absentee ballots for counting at the Wah-Zha-Zhi Cultural Center, according to the Nation’s election code.

June 6 voting hours are from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. at the Cultural Center, 1449 W. Main in Pawhuska. After the ballots are counted, the Election Office and Board officials will announce the results at the Congressional Chambers building on the ON government campus.

During the three election day opportunities at the designated polls, there will be no electioneering allowed, which are activities intended to persuade voters’ decisions while they are voting at the polls.

According to the election code, the following prohibited activities are defined as electioneering:

  • The posting or displaying of campaign signs.
  • The display of symbols, numbers or letters intended to remind voters of a specific candidate.
  • The distribution of cards, literature or other items considered campaign-related.
  • Making speeches, sounds or playing recordings considered campaign-related.
  • The continued occupation of any space on or within 10 feet of a paved approach to the polling place for the purpose of greeting voters. 

Signs will be displayed at the polls to indicate boundaries where electioneering is prohibited and ON police is authorized to patrol and enforce the election law.

For election-related updates between now and Election Day, check back to or follow the Osage News on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.



Benny Polacca

Original Publish Date: 2016-05-31 00:00:00

Benny Polacca

Title: Senior Reporter


Instagram: @bpolacca

Topic Expertise: Government, Tribal Government, Community

Languages spoken: English, basic knowledge of Spanish and French

Benny Polacca (Hopi/ Havasupai/ Pima/ Tohono O’odham) started working at the Osage News in 2009 as a reporter in Pawhuska, Okla., where he’s covered various stories and events that impact the Osage Nation and Osage people. Those newspaper contributions cover a broad spectrum of topics and issues from tribal government matters to features. As a result, Polacca has gained an immeasurable amount of experience in covering Native American affairs, government issues and features so the Osage readership can be better informed about the tribal current affairs the newspaper covers.

Polacca is part of the Osage News team that was awarded the Native American Journalists Association's Elias Boudinet Free Press Award in 2014 and has won numerous NAJA media awards, as well as awards from the Oklahoma Press Association and SPJ Oklahoma Pro Chapter, for storytelling coverage and photography.

Polacca earned his bachelor’s degree from Arizona State University and also participated in the former American Indian Journalism Institute at the University of South Dakota where he was introduced to the basics of journalism and worked with seasoned journalists there and later at The Forum daily newspaper covering the Fargo, N.D. area where he worked as the weeknight reporter.


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