Ponca Tribe of Nebraska Tribal Code
CHAPTER 10 PETITIONS
Section 9-10-1. APPLICABILITY
Section 9-10-2. SPONSOR
Section 9-10-3. SIGNATURES
Section 9-10-4. CERTIFICATION
Section 9-10-5. CIRCULATION OF PETITIONS
Section 9-10-6. SIGNATURES OBTAINED BY MAIL
The rules set out in this Chapter apply to petitions for recall, referenda, initiatives, and to petitions for nominations of candidates for office of Tribal Council and Tribal Chairperson and must be followed accordingly. Failure to follow these rules shall result in the declaring of the petition to be invalid.
Ponca Tribe of Nebraska Code § 9-10-1, PTN Code § 9-10-1
(A) A sponsor is a candidate and/or a person who obtains signatures on behalf of a candidate.
(B) Each petition must have at least one sponsor, with whom all correspondence and communication with the Election Board shall take place.
(C) The sponsor shall be a tribal member eligible to vote, and his or her name must appear on each petition signature page along with the sponsor's mailing address and phone number.
(D) The sponsor(s) shall be responsible for ensuring that the rules provided in this Chapter are followed.
(E) The sponsor(s) shall certify petitions in accordance with this ordinance.
Ponca Tribe of Nebraska Code § 9-10-2, PTN Code § 9-10-2
(A) Every signature appearing on the petition must be signed by the individual personally and witnessed by the sponsor(s), except for those signatures obtained by mail in accordance with Section 9-10-6. A person shall be mentally competent to sign a petition. The name of each signer shall be printed first and then signed and dated. The signatures shall be in ink. No person shall sign the name of another regardless of any permission given or competency of the person whose signature is sought to be signed by another. Any false signature shall be stricken from the petition.
Ponca Tribe of Nebraska Code § 9-10-3, PTN Code § 9-10-3
The Election Board shall prescribe a form for an oath or affirmation that the sponsor(s) witnessed each of the petition signatures, except those obtained by mail in accordance with Section 9-10-6, and that each signature is that of the individual whose name appears thereon. Such oath or affirmation shall be duly notarized. Every person who shall sponsor, circulate, and secure signatures to a petition shall, before filing said petition with the Election Board, attach to the petition the oath or affirmation.
Ponca Tribe of Nebraska Code § 9-10-4, PTN Code § 9-10-4
Petitions may be circulated only by Tribal members who are eligible to vote in Tribal elections. Persons must sign the entire petition and must be advised that they must be an eligible voter in order to sign.
Ponca Tribe of Nebraska Code § 9-10-5, PTN Code § 9-10-5
A sponsor of a petition may obtain the signatures of an eligible voter who lives out of the service area by mail, provided that the signature obtained by mail is duly notarized and such notarization is attached to the petition. The Election Board shall prescribe the proper form for petition signatures obtained by mail.
Ponca Tribe of Nebraska Code § 9-10-6, PTN Code § 9-10-6