Hopi Secretarial Election set for Jan. 27, 2011

KYKOTSMOVI, Ariz. - According to a press release sent last week, the Hopi Secretarial Election to vote on the proposed Hopi Constitution Draft 24A has been set for Thursday, Jan. 27, 2011.

An official notice of the Secretarial Election will be posted for public awareness and all eligible voters will receive an information packet in the mail by Dec. 1 or soon thereafter. The packet will include a letter from the Secretarial Election Board Chairman indicating deadline dates, instructions on how to properly register to vote, instructions on requesting an Absentee Ballot and election rules.

Also enclosed in the packet will be a voter registration form, voter precinct identification, an Absentee Ballot Request form, and a pamphlet of the information on the final draft of the proposed Hopi Constitution Draft 24A.

To vote in this Secretarial Election, all eligible Hopi voters must be registered to vote. A key requirement for this Secretarial Election is that all enrolled Hopi tribal members who will be 18 years of age or older by Jan. 27, 2011 must register to vote.

A Secretarial Election Board has been named by the Bureau of Indian Affairs and comprises a member from the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) and Hopi tribal members recommended by the Hopi Tribe. Board members include Alfonso Sakeva Sr. from First Mesa, Marilyn Tewa from Second Mesa and Darrell Kewanwytewa from Lower Moencopi. The BIA representative is Suzanne Chaney, who is the Chairman of the Secretarial Election Board.

The first official meeting of the Board was held Nov. 23 to establish the Secretarial Election date and authorize the timelines and documents that Hopi voters will receive in the mail. Technical assistance for the Secretarial Election will be provided by the Office of Tribal Operations of the Hopi Tribe to the Secretarial Election Board in carrying out this election.

The referendum process is governed by Federal Regulations CFR 25 Part 81 that includes the establishment of the Secretarial Election Board, and should not be confused or associated with the Hopi Tribe's Election Board. The Secretarial Election Board will also hire the necessary staff to carry out the voting process at each precinct on Jan. 27, 2011.

The Hopi Tribal Council authorized the Secretarial Election by Resolution H-053-2010 in August 2010.

For more information please contact the Hopi Tribal Operations Office at (928) 734-3161.

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