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Originally posted August 14, 2012
TAHLEQUAH — Cherokee Nation students just need a computer and an Internet connection to vote or run in this year’s Cherokee Nation Tribal Youth Council elections. For the first time they are moving to an online election system.
The voting and candidate registration site at http://youthelections.cherokee.org/ is now up and running.
“This generation is the technology generation so this makes it easier for people to run,” said Corey Still, a former District 1 Tribal Youth Council member, who still volunteers with the council.
The Tribal Youth Council is an elected board of 20 Cherokee students living within the tribe’s 14-county jurisdiction between the ages of 15-22. Four youth council members are elected by their peers for each district and learn leadership skills, parliamentary voting procedures and function like a governing board representing the youth of their communities. They also do service projects and attend council meetings.
Qualifying students can now use the online site to declare their candidacy which started Aug. 1 and runs through Sept. 9. Candidates then campaign at area schools for online votes.
All Cherokee citizen students within the 14-counties can also go on and register with a tribal citizenship card, or “blue card,” to vote on Sept. 17-21 for their district representatives.
“We anticipate more participation in Tribal Youth Council under the online election model,” said Tribal Youth Council Sponsor Patrick Hill. “It makes it available to all students and even students away at college with a home address within the district.”