Certification of Votes for the 2019 General Election

Ballots were counted and have since determined a run-off election between candidates; Adam Red, Marjorie D. Barry, Ramona Y. Eagle and James M. Olguin. The run-off election will be held on Friday, Dec. 13 at 285 Lakin Street in Ignacio.
John Washington drops his election ballot into the voting box for the Southern Ute Indian Tribe’s General Election on Friday, Nov. 1 at the Election Board office. These ballots were counted and have since determined a run-off election between candidates; Adam Red, Marjorie D. Barry, Ramona Y. Eagle and James M. Olguin. The run-off election will be held on Friday, Dec. 13 at 285 Lakin Street in Ignacio.
McKayla Lee | The Southern Ute Drum
McKayla Lee | The Southern Ute Drum

In a memo for Certification of Votes from the Southern Ute Election Board to the Southern Ute Tribal Council on November 4, 2019, The Election Board submits the following certification.

Pursuant to the Southern Ute Indian Tribal Election Code, the official ballots containing names of eligible candidates seeking the office of two (2) Tribal Council Members in the General Election was submitted to the qualified voters of the Tribe on November 1, 2019.

 

CERTIFICATION OF ELECTION RESULTS:

Total Number of Registered voters                          984

Total number of ballots distributed                         265

Total number of votes cast                                         476

Total number of ballots cast                                      260

Total number of ballots cast in person                    236

Total number of absentee ballots distributed          29

Total number of absentee ballots cast                       24

Total number of absentee ballots not returned         5

Total number of ballots spoiled/void                          8

 

OFFICE OF TRIBAL COUNCIL – NO. OF VOTES:

John J. Washington                 64

Adam Red                                  90

Marjorie D. Barry                     78

Ramona Y. Eagle                      91

James M. Olguin                      91

Conrad Thompson                   62

 

According to the Election Code, the two (2) Tribal Council Candidates receiving the majority of votes will be elected to Tribal Council. No candidate received the majority of votes (120).

Therefore, pursuant to Article 10, a Run-Off will be held between the two candidates receiving the highest number of votes for each vacant position. Because there are two vacant positions, the Run-Off will be between the four (4) candidates that received the highest number of votes. These four (4) are Adam Red, Marjorie D. Barry, Ramona Y. Eagle and James M. Olguin.

Pursuant to the Tribal Election Code, a Run-Off Election must be held within forty-five (45) days and shall be conducted by the Election Board in the same manner as the General Election, except that no Statements of Intention need to filed. Therefore, the Run-Off Election must be held on or before December 16, 2019. The Election Board shall move forward with preparing for and holding the Run-Off Election. (The run-off election will be held Dec. 13, 2019).

It is the Election Board’s recommendation that Tribal Council accept the certification of the 2019 Southern Ute Tribe General Election.

 

Respectfully submitted,

Southern Ute Election Board

Natalie Richards, Chairman

Shondeena Richards, Vice-Chairman

Joyce Delaware Ford, Secretary

Angelo Valdez, Alternate Member

Michelle Chavez, Alternate Member

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