Ponca Tribe of Nebraska Tribal Code
CHAPTER 4 VOTER REGISTRATION
Section 9-4-1. REGISTRATION REQUIRED
Section 9-4-2. DESIGNATION OF REGISTRAR
Section 9-4-3. REGISTRATION PROCEDURE
Section 9-4-3.1. Voter Registration Mailing
Section 9-4-4. VOTER REGISTRATION FORM
Section 9-4-5. VOTER REGISTRATION LIST
Section 9-4-6. ELIGIBILITY DISPUTED
Section 9-4-7. DURATION OF REGISTRATION
Section 9-4-8. REGISTRATION UPDATES
Only registered voters will be entitled to vote in Tribal elections.
Ponca Tribe of Nebraska Code § 9-4-1, PTN Code § 9-4-1
The Enrollment Specialist shall be designated as the official Registrar, located at a Tribal Office in Niobrara, Nebraska to receive voter registration forms. Should the Enrollment Specialist position be vacant, is a candidate for office, or has an immediate family member as a candidate for office, the Election Board may designate an alternate Registrar. The Registrar shall be responsible for receiving all registration forms and verifying their validity. The Registrar shall prepare a voter registration list according to the registration books in accordance with this Chapter. The Election Board shall check the voter registration lists according to districts with the registration books before the election process begins and again before balloting begins to ensure their accuracy.
Ponca Tribe of Nebraska Code § 9-4-2, PTN Code § 9-4-2
(A) There shall be open registration at all times.
(B) The Registrar will be responsible for:
1) Mailing registration forms to those members who are eligible to register to vote under Chapter 3, Section 1, of this Ordinance, those members who have not previously registered, and all newly enrolled members of the Ponca Tribe who are now eligible to vote.
2) Receiving all registration forms and verifying the validity of each with the assistance of the Enrollment Department.
3) Marking each registration form received to indicate the date received.
4) Compiling a voter registration list after passage of the deadline date for returning and receiving registration forms, in alphabetical order by enrolled last name and arranged by voting districts, certifying the accuracy and eligibility of the names placed thereon.
(C) The Election Board shall:
1) Check the voter registration lists according to districts with the registration books before the election process begins and again before balloting begins to ensure their accuracy.
2) Review and approve or disapprove all voter registration lists in accordance with this Chapter.
Ponca Tribe of Nebraska Code § 9-4-3, PTN Code § 9-4-3
(A) The voter registration mailing shall include notification of the forthcoming election, the requirement of registration to vote and the deadline for submitting registration forms during General Election years, along with a return envelope addressed to the Registrar.
(B) Registration Forms shall be returned by mail or by personal delivery to the Registrar no later than the first Saturday in September before the election. Failure to comply with this provision shall result in ineligibility to vote.
Ponca Tribe of Nebraska Code § 9-4-3.1, PTN Code § 9-4-3.1
All voter registration forms shall be embossed with the Ponca Tribe of Nebraska Seal and shall be in substantially the following form:
ENROLLMENT NUMBER ____________________
DATE OF BIRTH: ____________________
VOTING DISTRICT: ____________________
I, ____, hereby Certify that I am a member of the Ponca Tribe of Nebraska, and that I am at least 18 years of age or will be 18 years of age on the date of the election.
Completion of and return of this Registration form is necessary if you desire you become qualified to vote in the forthcoming election. This form must be received no later than the first Saturday in May of each General Election year. This form, upon completion and return to the Election Board Registrar, shall be the basis for determining whether you qualify to have your name placed upon the list of registered voters and to receive a ballot.
Completion of this form is voluntary.
Ponca Tribe of Nebraska Code § 9-4-4, PTN Code § 9-4-4
Upon receipt of all registration forms and passage of the deadline date for returning and receiving registration forms, the Registrar, shall verify the eligibility of every registration form received, and shall compile a voter registration list in alphabetical order and arranged by voting districts. The Registrar shall certify the accuracy and eligibility of the names placed thereon and submit the voter registration list to the Election Board for review and approval or disapproval of individual names. Disapproval shall be based only upon documented proof that a name placed thereon is not eligible in accordance with the Constitution and this Ordinance. If a name shall be disapproved by the Election Board on such proof, the name(s) shall be stricken from the voter registration list and a new voter registration list shall be established. A copy of the approved voter registration list shall be supplied to any District Board and shall be posted at the headquarters of the local administrative unit of the Bureau of Indian Affairs, the tribal headquarters, and at various other public places designated by the Election Board upon mailing of ballots prior to the election. Upon request, a candidate or voter will be provided a copy of the voter registration list.
Ponca Tribe of Nebraska Code § 9-4-5, PTN Code § 9-4-5
The Election Board shall determine the eligibility of any written claim to vote presented to it by one whose name does not appear on the official list of registered voters as well as any written challenge of the right to vote of anyone whose name is on the list. The Election Board's decision shall be made within ten (10) days following the registration deadline. The Election Board decision shall be final.
Ponca Tribe of Nebraska Code § 9-4-6, PTN Code § 9-4-6
Upon certification as a registered voter, the certification shall remain in effect unless the voter changes addresses, relinquishes his/her membership, dies, or otherwise becomes ineligible to vote. If a registered voter changes districts, name or re-enrolls, they must re-register. If a registered voter moves within their district, the voter is responsible for submitting a change of address form before the ballots are sent out, but does not need to re-register.
Ponca Tribe of Nebraska Code § 9-4-7, PTN Code § 9-4-7
By September 30 of each General Election year the Election Board and the Registrar shall post the approved voter registration list by voting district and determine whether there are any Ponca Tribal members who were not previously eligible to register because of age or non-enrollment or who have moved or who are otherwise now eligible to vote. The Enrollment Department shall notify the Election Board of such individuals. The Enrollment Specialist shall notify the individuals of their right to vote and supply them with a registration form.
Ponca Tribe of Nebraska Code § 9-4-8, PTN Code § 9-4-8