By DENISE A. RAYMO Press-Republican
---- — AKWESASNE — Results from a June 1 election that again named Chief Randy Hart and Sub-Chief Shelley Jacobs to the St. Regis Mohawk Tribal Council were thrown out this week.
A special election will be held July 13 to fill the two positions.
The election was held less than three weeks ago, and unofficial results showed Hart received 436 write-in votes for chief compared to 376 votes for Beverly Cook, 109 for Gary Cole and 47 for Gerald Laughing.
Jacobs received 434 votes that day for sub-chief, compared to 297 votes for Debra Martin, 174 for Andrew Cook and 47 for Jolene Jackson.
An unnamed community member filed an appeal of those results on June 7, providing members of the tribe’s Election Board with “evidence that the integrity of the June 1 election … was jeopardized,” according to a news release from the Tribal Council.
“Therefore, the June 1 tribal election for the positions of chief and sub-chief is null and void.”
A special election will be held July 13, leaving the names chosen at the May 4 caucus as the slate of candidates.
No new caucus will be held, and anyone who wants to be removed from the next ballot must contact the Election Board by June 24.
Absentee ballots will be available from now until July 10 at the Tribal Clerk’s Office.
The Election Board will conduct in-home voting for elders and others unable to vote in person from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday, July 10.
Early walk-in voting at the Community Building will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. Thursday and Friday, July 11 and 12.
The special election will be held from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, July 13, in the main lobby of the Community Building.
Other positions decided in the June 1 election — chief judge of the Tribal County, two Traffic Court judges and votes on two referendums — were not included in the voided results.
Peter J. Herne was elected chief judge with 531 votes to 417 for Danielle Lazore-Thompson; and Steven Cook and Lois Terrance were elected as Traffic Court judges with votes of 875 and 855, respectively.
A referendum on adoption of a tribal procedural act was approved by a vote of 648 to 274.
A proposal to support creation of a community recreation center was OK’d 763 to 197.
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