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Results of Cherokee Nation principal chief vote due October 10

Members of the Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma will vote on Saturday for principal chief but the results won't be known until October 10 at the earliest.

Citizens can cast ballots until October 8 under a court order that was approved by a federal judge on Wednesday. The extension gives the Freedmen, who are the descendants of former slaves, and other tribal members more time to vote in the wake of confusion and uncertainty about the election.

Chad Smith, who was the incumbent, is facing a strong challenge from Bill John Baker, a tribal councilor. The results of the first election between the pair were thrown out due to uncertainty.

Joe Crittenden, who was elected deputy chief, is serving as acting chief until the winner of the race is declared.

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Freedmen descendant says issue is still a struggle (The Cherokee Phoenix 9/23)
Cherokee Nation Election For Principal Chief, Take Two (News on 6 9/23)
Results on upcoming Cherokee election won't be known until Oct. 10 (The Tulsa World 9/23)
? Fed order supercedes CN decision (The Tahlequah Daily Press 9/23)

Cherokee Nation Supreme Court Decision:
Cherokee Nation Registrar v. Nash (August 22, 2011)

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