John Antonio, Superintendent for the Southern Pueblos Agency of the Bureau of Indian Affairs, (BIA), updated the Isleta Tribal Council on the voter registration for the upcoming Election to amend the Isleta Tribal Constitution. Antonio reported, that there were 907* tribal members that registered to vote. From that number, 308 people requested absentee ballots. (*Note: One person was added to the published list).
To have a valid election, 30% of the people that registered to vote — need to actually vote. This means at least 272 people need to vote on Saturday, September 20, 2014, which is the date of the election.
The deadline to register was August 26th at 4:30 p.m. According to Antonio, persons that mailed in their registration forms on August 26th will not be eligible to vote because their registration needed to be at the BIA before the deadline. A letter postmarked on August 26th will not qualify as being received before the deadline.
To print a copy of the tribal members that registered to vote, click: Registered Voters.
Persons may challenge the right to vote of anyone whose name is on the registration list.
The Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) states:
The election board shall determine the eligibility of any written claim to vote presented to it by one whose name does not appear on the official list of registered voters as well as any written challenge of the right to vote of anyone whose name is on the list. Its decision shall be final. It shall rule on all claims no later than ten days before the election. Any claim not presented at least ten days before the election shall be disallowed. Nonresident claimants successfully appealing omission from the list shall immediately be furnished an absentee ballot. Omission of names from the voters list due to late registration, if notification (pursuant to §81.14) has been timely mailed, shall not be considered grounds for challenge. 25 CFR §81.13
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By Christopher Abeita