NOTICE OF SPECIAL ELECTION
OCTOBER 24, 2020
On September 21, 2020, the Election Committee received two petitions.
The first is an initiative to distribute through direct payment to every Spokane Tribal Citizen a portion of the CARES Act Funds received by the Tribe.
The second is an initiative to immediately amend Article VI, Section 4 of the Constitution to allow absentee ballot voting for ALL Tribal Members.
According to Article X, Section 4 of the Spokane Tribe Constitution, whenever an initiative petition with the required signatures is filed at the Tribal office an election thereon shall be conducted within 45 days, unless there is a regular election to be held within 90 days. Further, Article XIV states that the Constitution may be amended by a majority vote of the qualified voters of the Spokane Tribe voting in an election in accordance with Article X, Section 4.
A Special Election has been scheduled for October 24, 2020 for a vote on both initiatives.
Article X, Section 4 of the Constitution provides that an election on an initiative must have a minimum voter turnout of 51% of the average voter turnout at the regular Tribal elections held during the previous 5 years. Thus, the minimum voter turnout needed for this Initiative is 234.
Polling places shall be as follows:
(1) Alfred McCoy Administration Building, Wellpinit
(2) West End Community Center, West End
(3) TANF building, 232 E. Lyons Avenue, Spokane, Washington
(4) Ford Community Center, New House Lane, Ford Washington
Polls shall be open on Election Day between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 8:00 p.m.
TO: ALL ACTIVE MILITARY PERSONNEL
FROM: SPOKANE TRIBE – ELECTION COMMITTEE
DATE: October 5, 2020
ON JUNE 6, 2015, THE SPOKANE TRIBAL MEMBERSHIP APPROVED ABSENTEE BALLOT VOTING FOR ALL ACTIVE MILITARY PERSONNEL, DEFINED AS FOLLOWS:
The term “active duty military Tribal Member” means the Tribal Member is on full-time duty in the active military service of the United States as a member of the U.S. Army, U.S. Navy, U.S. Air Force, U.S. Marine Corps, or U.S. Coast Guard. Such term includes full-time training duty, annual training duty, and attendance, while in the active military service, at a school designated as a service school by law or by the Secretary of the military department concerned. “Active duty military Tribal Member” includes service in the military Reserves or National Guard only if the person has been called up for active duty, mobilized, or deployed.
IF YOU, OR A MEMBER OF YOUR FAMILY WHO IS AN ENROLLED SPOKANE TRIBAL MEMBER MEETS THE ABOVE DEFINITION AND WOULD LIKE TO VOTE IN THE 2020 SPECIAL ELECTION ON October 24, 2020 PLEASE CONTACT: ANY ELECTION COMMITTEE MEMBER BELOW TO GET SET UP IN ELECTRONIC VOTING.
IF YOU SHOULD HAVE ANY QUESTIONS, PLEASE CONTACT ONE OF THE COMMITTEE MEMBERS BELOW. THE DEADLINE TO BE SET UP FOR MILITARY PERSONNEL WILL BE Monday, October 19 2020 AT 4:00 P.M.
P.S. FAMILY MEMBERS OF ACTIVE PERSONNEL, PLEASE FORWARD.
Member, Georgia Wynne
509-818-1521 (Work) 509-724-1784 (Cell)
Member, Marie Eli
509-258-8920 (work) 509-685-3028 (Cell)
Alternate, Breann Brigman
Chair, Tammy Kieffer
509-458-6574 (Work) 509-868-1293 (Cell)