Ponca Tribe of Nebraska Tribal Code
CHAPTER 2 ELECTION BOARD
Section 9-2-1. ESTABLISHMENT AND PURPOSE
Section 9-2-2. COMPOSITION
Section 9-2-2.1. Qualifications
Section 9-2-2.2 Election Board Records
Section 9-2-2.3. Quorum
Section 9-2-3. TERM OF OFFICE
Section 9-2-4. DISTRICT BOARDS
Section 9-2-5. REMOVAL
Section 9-2-6. VACANCIES
Section 9-2-7. ELECTION RECORDS
Section 9-2-8. COMPENSATION
(A) In accordance with Article VII, Section 4 of the Constitution, an Election Board is hereby established to conduct elections in compliance with the procedures described in this Ordinance and in particular:
1) To see that the name of each person offering to vote is on the official voter registration list.
2) To ensure notice requirements are met.
3) To verify petitions.
4) To keep the ballot boxes locked at all times except when ballots are being counted.
5) To ensure that the requirements and procedures under this Ordinance are carried out and enforced.
6) To certify and post election results.
7) To work with the Ponca Tribe Enrollment Department to accomplish the tasks listed.
(B) To carry out the purpose described in Section 9-1-2 of this Ordinance to ensure efficient, fair and honest elections and to ensure the secrecy and sanctity of the ballot, the Ponca Tribal Council may retain the services of an independent, outside entity to assist the Election Board with the duties described in this Section, provided, however, that the Election Board's decision with respect to any said duties shall be final.
Ponca Tribe of Nebraska Code § 9-2-1, PTN Code § 9-2-1
(A) The Election Board shall consist of one (1) chairperson and at least two (2) representatives from the general members of the Ponca Tribe of Nebraska. If possible, the representatives may consist of one (1) member from each Ponca Tribe voting district if each district has a member willing to serve. If not, the Tribal Council may appoint two (2) members from a single voting district. In no event will the Election Board have less than three (3) members. The Election Board shall be appointed by a majority vote of the Ponca Tribal Council in January following the General Election.
(B) Individuals interested in serving on the Election Board must submit a letter of interest with a release of information for felony background checks to the Tribal Council. The Tribal Council shall publish notice in the “Ponca Tribe Newsletter” and/or Tribal Web site, concerning vacancies on the Election Board and how tribal members can apply to fill said vacancies, including the deadline for application.
Ponca Tribe of Nebraska Code § 9-2-2, PTN Code § 9-2-2
To be qualified to be appointed to the Election Board, a person
1) Shall be an enrolled member of the Ponca Tribe.
2) Shall be a resident of the district from which they are appointed.
3) Shall be eligible to vote in the election for which they will serve as an Election Board member.
4) If convicted of a felony, shall have completed their sentence requirements, including any parole, and two (2) years shall have passed since that completion.
5) Shall not have been convicted in any court of any jurisdiction of a crime involving the theft of Ponca Tribal funds or property irrespective of any pardon or restoration of civil rights for said offense.
6) In accordance with Article VII, Section 4 of the Constitution, shall not be a Ponca Tribal Council member, candidate for office, or any member of their immediate family.
Ponca Tribe of Nebraska Code § 9-2-2.1, PTN Code § 9-2-2.1
Members of the Election Board shall elect a Secretary to ensure that records are kept of all activities and that all notice requirements are met.
Ponca Tribe of Nebraska Code § 9-2-2.2, PTN Code § 9-2-2.2
Three (3) members of the Election Board shall constitute a quorum for conducting business.
Ponca Tribe of Nebraska Code § 9-2-2.3, PTN Code § 9-2-2.3
The term of office for members of the Election Board shall be for four (4) years and shall expire on February 1. Each member of the Election Board shall hold office until his or her successor has been appointed and has qualified.
Ponca Tribe of Nebraska Code § 9-2-3, PTN Code § 9-2-3
(A) The Election Board may establish District Boards for each voting district to assist in conducting elections. District Boards shall consist of at least two (2) members from that district. The District Boards shall be established after candidates for office have been certified by the Election Board and in no case may a member of a District Board be a candidate for office or a member of the immediate family of a candidate for office in that district. District Boards shall serve their term only during the term of the election for which they are appointed to assist.
(B) It shall be the duty of the Election Board to conduct an orientation for all District Board members prior to the date of the election.
Ponca Tribe of Nebraska Code § 9-2-4, PTN Code § 9-2-4
A member of the Election Board or of any District Board shall be removed from office by majority vote of the Tribal Council only for the following reasons: (1) Violating or permitting violation of this Ordinance; (2) Neglect of duty; (3) Malfeasance in the handling of election procedures; (4) Acceptance or solicitation of bribes; (5) Unexcused absence from three (3) or more board meetings; (6) Any crime committed against the Ponca Tribe which results in a conviction or admission of guilt, (7) When an immediate family member is placed on the ballot or, (8) Upon the happening of any event which would have made the Board Member ineligible for appointment if the event had occurred prior to appointment. A Board Member shall automatically tender their resignation as a Board Member upon submitting a petition to run for Tribal Council.
Ponca Tribe of Nebraska Code § 9-2-5, PTN Code § 9-2-5
Any vacancy on the Election Board shall be filled by majority vote of the Tribal Council at the next regularly scheduled meeting of the Tribal Council. In the event of an emergency vacancy, the Tribal Council may hold a special meeting to fill the vacancy. Vacancies on a District Board shall be filled by the Election Board. The term of a Board Member appointed to fill a vacancy shall expire at the end of the original term of the Board Member whose position was filled.
Ponca Tribe of Nebraska Code § 9-2-6, PTN Code § 9-2-6
The Election Board shall be responsible for the maintenance of the records of all elections, petitions for recall, petitions for initiative and referendum and any other records related to the Election Board's responsibilities under this Ordinance. Records shall be kept at the Ponca Tribal Headquarters in a locked cabinet. The following records shall be kept for all notices:
1) Names and addresses of persons to whom notices are mailed;
2) Date of mailing; and
3) A copy of each return registration request.
Ponca Tribe of Nebraska Code § 9-2-7, PTN Code § 9-2-7
Members of the Election Board and District Boards shall be compensated. Compensation shall be set by the Ponca Tribal Council. Election Board members shall be paid for mileage for every Election Board meeting attended.
Ponca Tribe of Nebraska Code § 9-2-8, PTN Code § 9-2-8