Elections

2021 Elections for Council Secretary and Council Treasurer are being done via mail-in ballots.

In consideration of the ongoing pandemic crisis and risk of disease to our tribal population, Tribal Council has decided, at recommendation of the Elections Committee, that the 2021 General Election for Council Secretary and Treasurer will be done by mail-in ballot.

This election will be carried out similar to how it was done last year for the 2020 general election. Last year we had an impressive 56% of our General Body that voted in the general election!


Election Day
The ballot count will be held on May 1st 2021. Results will be posted here and via the Tribe’s social media accounts by day’s end.


Candidates
The current nominations can be view from the following list.
The Candidates List


Ballots
Ballots were mailed out on April 12th, 2021. Many local voters reported receiving their ballots by April 15th. If you have not received your ballot by April 23rd it is important that you call and request a replacement with an updated address if applicable.

You may contact the consultant handling elections MK Elections at (209) 259-6740.

Instructions for handling your ballot:
(Do not cut your ballot | You may need to create new folds in your ballot to get it to fit inside the secret envelope)
1) Fill out your ballot marking one candidate per position.
2) Fold your ballot as needed and place your ballot inside the secret envelope. Seal.
3) Place that Secret envelope inside the Mailing Envelope and Seal.
4) Put your Mailing Envelope inside the outgoing mail or a certified Squaxin Elections Ballot Box (Public Safety or Fire House in Kamilche)

Ballots must be at the Squaxin PO Box or in a certified Squaxin Elections Ballot Box by May 1st at 10 AM.


Election Day (Ballot Count) – May 1st
Candidate representatives, law enforcement, and the Elections Committee will supervise the ballot counting by the Elections Consultant on May 1st, 2021 for the Tribal Council Election. The ballot count will begin at 1 PM and may take between one to two hours before results are achieved. Results will be posted on this site, social media platforms and in the mail.

Some of the frequently asked questions about elections can be found on our Elections FAQ Page.


Elections Edition of the Klah-Che-Min

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Elections Consultant
The Elections Consultant will be managing the Ballots (distribution and counting)  in order to ensure a non-biased and anonymous election. Our Elections Consultant is MKElections, a expert in Election  Administration who has done elections for the Squaxin Island Tribe for many years  as well as many other organizations and tribes, including the Klamath, Samish, and Suquamish Tribes. More information about MKElections can be found on their website here .

More Information
For questions or concerns about this process, please contact us at .
If you had trouble receiving or mailing your ballots in the previous election, please let the committee know yourself and include details.

For your convenience, The Tribe’s Constitution is available here.

Elections Committee
The Elections Committee is an advisory board of volunteers. The committee advises actions related to elections to Tribal Council and takes directives from Tribal Council regarding Elections each year. The Elections Committee works with consultants, other volunteers and any relevant tribal entities to make all Tribal Elections happen in a fair, legal and transparent manner. The Elections Committee is appointed by Tribal Council. In recent years Tribal Council has appointed every applicant they received to the committee.

Membership:

  • Joshua Whitener (Chair)
  • Juana Nelson (Vice Chair)
  • Cassidy Gott (Secretary)
  • Tamatha Ford (Staff Support)
  • Mitzie Whitener
  • Terri Capoeman
  • Elizabeth Kuntz
  • Niki Ho
  • Monica Nerney
  • Penni Restivo
  • Candace Penn
  • Jaimie Cruz