Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa Indians: Elections Excerpt



Section 1. All elections shall be conducted by secret ballot. The candidate or issue receiving the greatest number of votes cast shall prevail. In the event more than one representative is required to be elected for a district, the positions shall be filled by the candidates receiving the most votes in descending order. (Amendment XX, Approved February 5, 1997).

Section 2. a) Any enrolled member of the Tribe, eighteen (18) years of age or over, shall be entitled to vote in any Tribal election. (Amendment XXIV, Approved August 7, 2001) b) All eligible resident voters shall register in the district of their residence as provided by tribal ordinance. All eligible nonresident voters shall register with the district of their former residence or affiliation.

Section 3. Absentee ballots shall be furnished to eligible members upon their request to the Secretary-Treasurer provided that all such ballots shall be returned to the Secretary-Treasurer on or before the date of the election in order that the ballots may be counted. "Eligible member" is defined as: a. Those non-resident members who are attending off reservation higher education facilities or serving in the United States Services; or b. Those resident members who maintain Rolette County residency, but have to leave the county for employment purposes; or c. Those members that are physically and medically disabled. Any non-resident member may vote non-absentee in the district of their former residence or affiliation. (Amendment XXV, Approved August 7, 2001) 


Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa. 1943. "Constitution and Bylaws of the Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa." Belcourt, ND. 

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