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TrueBallot selected to conduct 2014 ON elections


Benny Polacca

TrueBallot Inc., has once again been selected as the election company to conduct the 2014 Osage Nation government elections after being selected by the ON Election Board.

The Washington, D.C.-based company conducted the Nation’s 2010 and 2012 elections and will provide election services again for this year’s primary and general elections slated for March 10 and June 2 respectively.

In this year’s election, the offices of Principal Chief and Assistant Principal Chief are up for grabs as well as six seats on the Osage Nation Congress. Each elected seat carries a four-year term.

At its Dec. 18 meeting, the Election Board voted unanimously to hire TrueBallot for the 2014 elections after reviewing bid proposals submitted by TrueBallot and one other competing company following an executive session. Voting “yes” for TrueBallot were board members Walter Hopper, Shannon Lockett and Terry Hazen.

“Two companies submitted, they went through the bidding process as per the (Nation’s) procurement act and (TrueBallot) scored higher according to the qualifications in their bid packet and therefore, they were selected,” said ON Assistant Attorney General Clint Patterson, who represents the Election Board.

According to its website, TrueBallot provides election services to labor unions, associations, homeowner associations and cooperatives and other Native American organizations. Other Native American tribes who’ve hired TrueBallot include the Cayuga Nation of New York, Cheyenne and Arapaho Tribes of Oklahoma, Snoqualmie Tribe of Washington and the Suquamish Tribe of Washington.

The filing period for ON Congressional seats runs March 14-31. Osages interested in running for Congress must file and pay a $300 candidate filing fee with the ON Election office.

Election Supervisor Alexis Rencountre said the June 2 general election ballot will also contain four constitutional amendment questions. Those questions were referred to the ballot after being passed by majority ON Congressional vote.

Eligible Osage voters are those who will be at least 18 years old on election day and posess an ON membership card signed by a Principal Chief after Oct. 9, 2002. To obtain a membership card, contact the Nation’s CDIB/Membership Department at (800) 818-6517.

A blank absentee ballot request form is available online at:

The Election Office can be reached at (877) 560-5286.

Check back to and see future Osage News editions for news updates on the elections and candidates.


Osage Nation Election Office

608 Kihekah


United States

Original Publish Date: 2014-01-27 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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