According to a March 13 postage report, more than 1,000 absentee ballots reached the Pawhuska Post Office ahead of the Osage Nation’s special election.
In a Facebook status update, the ON Election Office said 1,070 absentee ballots are now accounted for, which is just over 51 percent of the 2,070 total ballots requested by Osage voters for the March 20 special election. The office also notes that figure “is more than the number of ballots counted in 2016.”
Osage voters will be asked two questions on the special election ballot: One question asks voters whether the Nation’s definition of marriage should include same-sex marriages in tribal law. The second question asks whether to amend the Osage Constitution by adding language requiring a budget-setting process to be set in Osage law.
In the June 6, 2016 general election, the Election Office received and processed 1,032 absentee ballots.
According to the most recent Election Office update, there are 15,002 eligible Osage voters who are enrolled with the Nation and are over age 18 per the 2006 Osage Constitution.
The March 20 election day poll will be the former Wah-Zha-Zhi Cultural Center building at 1449 W. Main St. in Pawhuska from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Early voting is also scheduled Friday March 17 (noon to 8 p.m.) and Saturday March 18 (10 a.m. to 8 p.m.) at the ON Election Office, 608 Kihekah in Pawhuska.
The Election Office can be reached at (877) 560-5286 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for any questions. The office is also asking absentee voters to contact staff as soon as possible in the event their requested ballot has not arrived.
Original Publish Date: 2017-03-13 00:00:00