KYKOTSMOVI, Ariz. - Public posting of the "Official Voter Registration List" for the Hopi Secretarial Election is the next step in moving forward with voting on amending the Hopi Tribe's Constitution. Federal election rules requires the listing be posted for inspection at the following locations: the Hopi Tribal Headquarters/Legislative Building in Kykotsmovi, the BIA Hopi Agency in Keams Canyon, and at each village Administration Office.
Any individual who submitted a voter registration form by Dec. 28 and whose name does not appear on the list can claim the right to vote by presenting a written claim to the Hopi Secretarial Election Board. The right to vote of anyone whose name appears on the list may also be challenged in writing to the Hopi Secretarial Election Board.
Claims or challenges should be sent to Suzanne Chaney, Chairman of the Hopi Secretarial Election Board, Hopi Agency, P.O. Box 158, Keams Canyon, AZ 86034. All claims and challenges must be presented before noon on Jan. 17.
The registration deadline for all Hopi eligible members to vote in the Secretarial Election was Dec. 28. A voter registration form must have been received by mail at 4:30 p.m. in Rio Rancho, N.M., the Hopi Tribal Operations office in Kykotsmovi or the Hopi Tribal Operations office located in Keams Canyon. In order to vote in the Secretarial Election, eligible voters must be registered to cast a ballot on Jan. 27.
The following polling sites will be open on Jan. 27 throughout the Hopi Reservation: Keams Canyon BIA Agency, Ponsi Hall, First Mesa Consolidated Villages office, Tewa Administration Building, Sipaulovi/Mishongnovi Building, Shungopavi Community Building, Kykotsmovi Community Building, Bacavi Community Building, Hotevilla Community Building, Upper Village of Moenkopi Community Building and Lower Village of Moenkopi Community Building.
Absentee ballots were sent out by mail on Dec. 30. Those who requested an absentee ballot are urged to read the enclosed instructions and return the absentee ballot in the self-stamped addressed envelope provided. Absentee ballots must be received by the Hopi Secretarial Election Board Chairman no later than 4:30 p.m. on Jan. 27 at P.O. Box 111, Kykotsmovi, AZ 86039.
To be considered eligible to vote in this Hopi Secretarial Election, voters must be an enrolled Hopi Tribal member, must be 18 years of age or older by Jan. 27, and must have registered to vote by Dec. 28.
For more information, contact the Tribal Operations Office at (928) 734-3161 or visit www.hopiwethepeople.org.