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Miccosukee Tribe of Florida
Election Challenge
of
November 12, 1989

* Not to be confused with the sovereign Miccosukee Seminole Nation and or the
Everglades Miccosukee Tribe of Seminole Indians


Fax Cover Sheet

To:     Eastern Area Director of Bureau of Indian Affairs
Attn.:  Bill Ott       Fax No. (703) 2358610
From:  Osceola and other Miccosukees

Ref:     Challenge to Nov. 12, 1989 Miccosukee Tribe Elections Florida

Number of pages including  this cover sheet:   6    

MESSAGE:

Dear Sir

Please assist us with this problem. 

We enclose copy of our 5 page challenge to above election.

Thank you.

Copy to Secretary of Interior & Asst. Sec. of Interior / Indian Affairs


Date: Nov. 17, 1989                                     Time: 11:00 AM

 


TO:       Secretary of the General Council
DATE:  November 16, 1989
RE:       November 12, 1989 Election Improprieties


                                                          CHALLENGE

        Pursuant to the constitution of the Miccosukee Tribe of Florida, General Council, Ordinance No. 2, Election Ordinance, Paragraph 9, Challenges, - all challenges must be made in writing to the Secretary of the General Council within five days after the election, upon receipt of a properly filed challenge, the Secretary shall issue a notice for a special Council meeting within three days.  The General Council shall hear the challenge and its decision shall be final.  In accordance with the above paragraph, the enrolled, eligible members, whose signatures appear at the last page of this document, file the following challenges:

CHALLENGE 1:   Absentee ballots are to be kept separate from the ballots cast on Election day and the ballot boxes used on Election day are to be opened, inspected as to being empty, and relocked prior to the beginning of the Election.  We submit there were absentee ballots mixed in with the ballots cast on Election day in the same ballot boxes.  Thus, the ballot boxes were not opened, inspected and relocked in violation of paragraphs 5(c) and 7(a) of Ordinance 2, Election Ordinance.

CHALLENGE 2:    We submit that persons, not listed on the official list of the Secretary of the General Council, were allowed to cast their vote in this Election, in violation of paragraphs 4(x), 4(b), 5(c) and 6(a) of Ordinance 2, Election Ordinance.

CHALLENGE 3:    We submit that the Secretary of the General Council, who was an incumbent candidate, stood at the door, the entrance to the Election poll, where ballots were being cast, and at 3:00 p.m. when the poll was to be closed, by one of the three members of the Election Board, the incumbent candidate Secretary of the General Council closed the door on qualified, eligible, enrolled members of the


TO:       Secretary of the General Council
DATE:  November 16, 1989
RE:       November 12, 1989 Election Improprieties


Tribe, that had been waiting in that line to cast their vote, instead of a member of the Election Board standing at the end of that line to deny future voters, who had missed the 3:00p.m. deadline from entering the line.  All of the above in violation of paragraphs 1, 5 and 5(e) of Ordinance 2, Election Ordinance.

                    We, the enrolled, eligible members of the Miccosukee Tribe of Indians of Florida, submit that due to the improprieties of the recent election, as stated above, hereby request that the General Council of the Miccosukee Tribe of Indians of Florida declare the election of November 12, 1989, null and void and that the General Council select a new date to conduct a properly supervised and well monitored election of our Tribal Leaders.


We, the UNDERSIGNED MICCOSUKEE VOTERS, do hereby request the MICCOSUKEE GENERAL COUNCIL to "VOID" the results of the November 12th (1989) elections, and establish a date for Special election:

By their Sgns (3 pages)


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