Hopi voters reject proposed Hopi Constitution amendment

KYKOTSMOVI, Ariz. - Hopi voters went to the polls on Thursday to decide the fate of the proposed Hopi Constitution Draft 24A. Out of 1,066 total votes that were cast during this special election, 656 were against the proposed Draft 24A while 410 voted in favor of the proposed amendment. A total of 1,496 voters were registered to vote in this special election.

Polling sites closed at 7 p.m. with Kykotsmovi being the first village to begin the canvassing process. Federal Regulation CFR 25 Part 81.7 requires that 30 percent of the total registered voters must cast a ballot to qualify the Hopi Secretarial Election. This requirement was met with just over 71 percent of registered voters casting their ballots.

All canvass proceedings for the Hopi Secretarial Election were conducted in the Tribal Council Chambers in Kykotsmovi. A canvassing protocol was established by the Hopi Secretarial Election Board to assure that the canvass process was orderly, due to space limitation and tribal facility use policy.

The official tally will be posted on Friday 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 qualified voter may challenge the election results within three days of the posting of the results by filing grounds for a challenge together with substantiating evidence to the Secretary of Interior through the Officer in Charge. If the Secretary deems the objections valid and warrants a recount or new election, the Secretary shall then order a recount or new election. The results of the recount or new election shall be final.

Additional details will be available in the next issue of the Observer.

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