Press Release

Release Date: May 24, 2019

by Chickasaw Nation Media Relations Office



The Chickasaw Nation Election Commission announces the filing period for the 2019 General Elections opens June 3 and continues through June 5.

Candidates must file between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. in the election secretary’s office in the Government Services building, 2015 Lonnie Abbott Industrial Boulevard, Ada, OK.

Seats up for election include Governor and Lt. Governor, four legislative seats and one seat on the Supreme Court.

Legislative seats to be filled are Pontotoc District Seat 5, Pickens District Seat 3, Panola District Seat 1 and Tishomingo District Seat 2.

Seat 1 of the Chickasaw Nation Supreme Court is also up for election this year.

Candidates for Governor and Lt. Governor must be registered Chickasaw voters at least 30 years of age who possess no less than one-fourth (1/4) Chickasaw blood quantum. Candidates must also be residents of the Chickasaw Nation for at least one year immediately preceding the election. Candidates for Governor and Lt. Governor shall run as team.

Governor and Lt. Governor must remain residents of the Chickasaw Nation during their four-year term office. Filing fees are $2,500 per gubernatorial team.

Legislative candidates must be registered Chickasaw voters at least 25 years of age who have been residents of the Chickasaw Nation for at least one year and of their respective district for at least six months immediately preceding the election.

Legislators must remain residents of their elected district during their three-year term of office. The filing fee is $500 per legislative candidate.

Supreme Court candidates must be registered voters of the Chickasaw Nation at least 30 years of age. Justices must be residents of the Chickasaw Nation during their three-year term of office. The filing fee is $500 per Supreme Court candidate.

Candidates must bring verification of physical and mailing address, such as a utility bill or homestead exemption, which displays candidate’s physical address. Filing fee is due upon filing. Candidates must complete a financial disclosure statement upon filing. Statements are also due at the end of every month during the candidate’s active campaign period.

Candidates will receive an electoral packet containing election rules and regulations, the Chickasaw Constitution, financial disclosure forms, biography form for the Chickasaw Times, and watcher form.

Candidates must not have been convicted of a felony. Background checks are conducted on all candidates.

Primary election is July 30 and run-off election is August 27, if applicable.

For further assistance, please contact Rita Loder, election secretary toll free at 1-888-661-0137.