Voter Registration

Until 1971, Choctaws were not allowed to elect their own tribal leaders.  Chiefs were appointed by the President of the United States.  After the ratification of the Indian Self Determination and Education Assistance Act, Choctaws were allowed to have their own tribal Constitution to govern these matters.  With this came the responsibility and privilege of voting.

Our initiative is to increase voter participation and promote election process transparency.  To align with our goals, we strive to maintain accurate voter records for all eligible members in preparation for Tribal Elections and maintain communication with voters through a dedicated staff.  It is our intent to provide every opportunity for our Tribal Members to vote and have a voice in the Choctaw Nation.

General Election Information

OFFICIAL July 8, 2017 Election Results

Run-off date for District 6 and District 9 will be August 5, 2017. District 6 voters will decide between Joe Coley and Jennifer Woods. District 9 voters will decide between James Dry and Berdie Williams. 

Ballots for Districts 6 and 9 will automatically be mailed to all affiliated voters, who have registered or updated with the Choctaw Nation Voter Registration office in the last year, before Saturday, June 17, 2017.  In order for a mail ballot to be counted, it must be received at the Post Office no later than 4:30pm on Friday, August 4, 2017 and the outer affidavit envelope must be signed by the voter.

If voters would prefer the option to vote in person, then they may go to any open voting location in order to have a ballot printed for their affiliated district. 

Early voting will begin at 8 a.m. and end at 4:30 p.m. on Wednesday, August 2; Thursday, August 3; and Friday, August 4.  

Election Day is held on the second Saturday in July. This year, elections will begin at 7 a.m. and end at 7 p.m. on Saturday, July 8. Run-off election date is August 5, 2017. Voting locations will be open from 7:00 am until 7:00pm.

The terms for Tribal Council last four years. Council elections are held at alternating two-year periods with six Council seats up for election in each period. The 2017 election season will include Council seats for Districts 4, 6, 7, 9, 10, and 12.  

For more information, contact the Election Board at 1 (800) 522-6170 or (580) 924-8280 exts. 2199, 2536, 2535, or by email at ElectionBoard@ChoctawNation.com.    

                          

Voter Registration

The Choctaw Nation Voter Registration Department will continue to register and update voters through Election Day so that all Choctaws have the opportunity to vote. 

In order to become a voter, a person must be 18 years of age by Election Day, an enrolled tribal member with the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma, and be registered to vote using the Voter Registration Form. No enrolled member of another tribe or person who votes as a citizen or member of another tribe will be eligible to vote in Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma elections.  Eligible tribal members may submit a Voter Registration Form directly to the Voter Registration Department or complete the form at any open voting location during the early voting period or Election Day.  

The Voter Registration Form must be fully completed, with emphasis in the following areas:

  • A physical location is provided such as a street address or 911 Address.  In some cases, further information such as written directions from the nearest city/town or major highway is needed to determine physical location.  A rural route (RR), highway contract (HC), or post office box (POB) is not acceptable.  The physical location is used to determine district affiliation. 
  • The mailing address, if different than physical, is provided.  This is the address where the initial ballot will be mailed.
  • The signature of the voter is required. 

To check your voter status, contact the Choctaw Nation Voter Registration office at (800) 522-6170 or (580) 924-8280 exts. 2410, 5190, 2289, 2989, or by email at VoterRegistration@ChoctawNation.com.

Contact Information

The Election Board and Voter Registration Department are located at 1205 W. Main St in Durant, OK 74701.

Phone: (580) 924-8280 or 1 (800) 522-6170 Ext. 2289, 2410, 5190, 2989

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Outreach

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