Questions About Tribal Elections
Who can register to vote in Cherokee Nation elections?
Any Cherokee Nation citizen who is 18 years of age or older on or prior to the date of a General Election is eligible to register to vote in tribal elections. The Cherokee Nation Election Commission is currently accepting voter registration applications. The deadline to register is March 31, 2023.
I’m a registered citizen of the Cherokee Nation. Am I automatically enrolled to vote in tribal elections?
No, the process to enroll as a tribal citizen is separate from voter registration. Citizens eligible to vote must register to vote with the Cherokee Nation Election Commission.
How do I turn in my voter registration form?
Citizens can deliver the form in person to the Cherokee Nation Election Commission, 17763 S. Muskogee Ave., Tahlequah, Oklahoma; mail it to the CNEC at P.O. Box 1188, Tahlequah, OK, 74465; fax it to (918) 458-6101; or email a scanned copy to election-commission@cherokee.org.
How will I know if my registration is approved?
Citizens can check their voter registration status by contacting the Cherokee Nation Election Commission by phone, email or mail: (918) 458-5899 or (800) 353-2895; election-commission@cherokee.org; P.O. Box 1188, Tahlequah, OK 74465. The Cherokee Nation Election Commission will send a voter ID card to all citizens living within Districts 1-15. At Large citizens do not receive a voter ID card.
Where and how can I vote?
Citizens registered to vote in Cherokee Nation elections and living in the 14-county jurisdiction will be assigned a voting precinct according to their place of residence. Citizens can vote on Election Day at a precinct, participate in early walk-in voting or vote by an absentee ballot. At-large citizens vote only by early walk-in voting or absentee ballot.
Where can I find out more information?
Visit the Cherokee Nation's official website for more information.
When is the next Cherokee Nation election?
The next Cherokee Nation election will be held on June 3, 2023.Tribal Council elections are held every two years, with half of the Council of the Cherokee Nation's 17 seats up for election every two years. The next Principal Chief and Deputy Chief election will be held in 2023. The Principal Chief, the Deputy Principal Chief, and members of the Council of the Cherokee Nation serve four year terms.

Questions About Oklahoma Elections

Questions About Oklahoma Elections
When must I apply to vote in the next Oklahoma election?
Voter registration closes 24 days before an election. If you apply after this date, your application will be processed when registration is reopened following the election.
How will I know if my registration is approved?
The county election board where you reside will send a voter identification card to your address. The card lists your name, address, political affiliation and polling location. You must take this card or a valid photo ID with you in order to vote. You may also check your registration status with the Oklahoma election board’s Online Voter Tool.
How do I register to vote in Oklahoma?
Visit the Oklahoma State Election Board site and download a voter registration application. Complete the form and sign and date the oath printed on the form. When finished, drop off the form either at your county’s election board by the voter registration deadline, or at the state election board or mail it to: Oklahoma State Election Board, P.O. Box 528800, Oklahoma City, OK 73152-8800.
Do I need to have an ID to vote?
Yes, Oklahoma state law requires voters to present proof of identity to vote in person. You can present your voter identification card or a valid photo ID issued by the United States government, the state of Oklahoma or a federally recognized tribal government. If you do not have proof of identity or refuse to show it, voters may vote by a provisional ballot and prove identity by signing a sworn affidavit.

Questions About Federal Elections

Questions About Federal Elections
I’d like to learn more about our federal electoral process. Where can I find more information?
The website USA.gov explores a range of topics for discussion. Learn election terminology, the history of voting law and about the federal election process.
I don’t live in Oklahoma. How can I register to vote in my state?
You can find information about your state’s or territory’s election process at the U.S. Election Assistance Commission website. There, you will also find information about upcoming federal elections across the country.
With about 430,000 citizens, the Cherokee Nation has the ability to become a powerful voice in political life, but it can’t happen without a registered and mobilized voting populace. Cherokee Vote began in 2013 to encourage citizen participation in tribal, city, county and federal elections. Similar to the nationwide Native Vote campaign, Cherokee Vote goes to local communities to help Cherokee Nation citizens with voter registration. Until the Indian Citizenship Act of 1924, Native people were not counted as U.S. citizens. Now is the time for Cherokees to help steer policies affecting future generations.