Monday, May 14, 2012

Cherokee Home Vote Initiative

Some of you may have heard about the Cherokee Home Vote Initiative petition, others may have not. The topic is quickly becoming one of interest to many Cherokees on facebook and there are currently some heated discussions over it.

Said Amendment would create Article IX Section 4 as follows:

All balloting conducted for Cherokee Nation elections shall be in person and within the jurisdictional boundaries of the Cherokee Nation, except where the voter can demonstrate that voting by absentee mail ballot is necessary solely due to temporary or permanent physical disability or service in the United States military.


This Proposition is to restrict balloting to ‘in person’ and to locations within the jurisdictional boundaries of the Cherokee Nation.

Many At Large Cherokees are angry, believing they are either being "kicked out" of the nation or are having their right to vote taken away. The proposed amendment does not suggest either of those things in any way, shape or form. What it would do is stop nearly all absentee votes, whether a person lives inside the Cherokee Nation or whether they live At Large unless they are military or physically disabled.

At this point in time, I am neither for nor against the initiative. I still have some questions, but I wanted to post this information for those Cherokees who have questions or those who are not aware of the petition. If you have questions, feel free to post them in the comments section and I will try to get you an answer.

copyright 2012, Polly's Granddaughter - TCB

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