Press Release

Release Date: May 23, 2017

by Chickasaw Nation Media Relations Office

The Chickasaw Nation Election Commission announces filing period opens June 5 and continues through June 7, 2017 for the 2017 General Elections.

Candidates must file in the election secretary’s office, located in the Government Services building, 2015 Lonnie Abbott Industrial Boulevard, Ada, OK.

Candidates may file between the hours of 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m.

Legislative seats to be filled are, Seat 3 of Pontotoc District; Seat 4 of Pontotoc District; Seat 2 of Pickens District; Seat 3 of the Tishomingo District. Seat 3 of the Chickasaw Nation Supreme Court is also up for election this year.

Legislative candidates must be registered Chickasaw voters at least 25 years of age, 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 the tenure of their office. Term of office is three years.

Filing fees are $500.

A judicial candidate must be a registered voter of the Chickasaw Nation at least 30 years of age. Judges must be residents of the Chickasaw Nation during their three-year term of office. Filing fees are $500.

Candidates must bring verification of physical and mailing address, such as a utility bill or homestead exemption, filing fee and upon filing must complete a financial disclosure statement. 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 25 and run-off election is August 29, if applicable.

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