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2,353 Isleta Tribal Members Remained Silent

Unofficial Election Results on Proposed Isleta Constitutional Amendments Held on September 20, 2014.

Amendment 1 –
Amendment 2 –
Amendment 3 –
Amendment 4 –
Amendment 5 –
Amendment 6 –
Amendment 7 –
Amendment 8 –
Amendment 9 –
Amendment 10 –
Amendment 11 –
Amendment 12 –
339 Yes
255 Yes
283 Yes
381 Option 1
330 Option 1
179 Option 1
378 Yes
346 Yes
292 Yes
380 Yes
303 Yes
412 Yes
164 No
248 No
220 No
62 Option 2
83 Option 2
173 Option 2
124 No
152 No
213 No
123 No
201 No
93 No
61 No Change
89 No Change
154 No Change


According to the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA), they sent out 2,861 registration packets to tribal members eligible to register to vote in this election. From that number, 907 people registered to vote, this is 31.7% of persons ELIGIBLE TO REGISTER.


508 tribal members actually voted while 2,353 tribal members failed to vote.  So, 508 people have just changed how our tribal government will function.  This assumes that there are no challenges that nullify the election results.

how-apathy-worksjpg-07455600adfbff26According to the Code of Federal Regulations,

Any qualified voter, within three days following the posting of the results of an election, may challenge the election results by filing with the Secretary through the officer in charge the grounds for the challenge, together with substantiating evidence. If in the opinion of the Secretary, the objections are valid and warrant a recount or new election, the Secretary shall order a recount or a new election. The results of the recount or new election shall be final. 25 CFR §81.22

The regulations also require:

(a) Action to approve or disapprove constitutional actions will be taken promptly by the authorizing officer following receipt of the original text of the material voted upon and the original of the Certificate of Results of Election from the officer in charge.

(1) When required and granted, the authorizing officer shall furnish a tribe with written approval of constitutional actions. In the absence of an election challenge, the approval shall be issued promptly following the expiration of the contest period. Copies of his/her written approval, the Certificate of Results of Election, and the text of the material voted upon shall be transmitted to the Commissioner of Indian Affairs, 18th and C Streets, NW., Washington, DC 20245.

(2) When a proposed constitution or charter action is rejected by the voters, the authorizing officer shall indicate in writing to the tribe his/her awareness of the election results and send to the Commissioner of Indian Affairs in Washington, DC, copies of the communication, the Certificate of Results of Election and the text of the material voted upon.

(3) When the authorizing officer disapproves a constitutional action, he/she shall in writing promptly notify the tribe of the determination and furnish the Commissioner of Indian Affairs in Washington, DC, a copy of the communication along with the Certificate of Results of Election and the text of the material voted upon.

(b) Where Secretarial approval of proposed constitutional and charter actions is required in conjunction with authorization of an election, copies of the formal approval shall immediately be furnished the Commissioner of Indian Affairs in Washington, DC, by the authorizing officer and be followed in accordance with paragraph (a)(1) of this section by copies of the Certificate of the Results of Election and the text of the material voted upon as soon as it is available. 25 CFR §81.24.

By Christopher Abeita

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