Cherokee Nation Election Commissioner Resigns Amid Calls for Election Reform

Commissioner Carolyn Allen's resignation was accepted at a special meeting Friday.

Longtime Cherokee Nation Election Commission Carolyn Allen resigned at a special commission meeting Friday in the midst of a growing discussion around desire for policy reform and ballot security in Cherokee elections. Commissioner Allen has sat on the Election Commission since she was elected by her fellow commissioners eight years ago.

Allen's legacy on the commission has been marred by a number of controversial decisions where she and her fellow members received significant backlash -- including her decision to disqualify former Tribal Councilor David Walkingstick from the 2019 principal chief election. Her resignation leaves an open seat on the Cherokee Nation Election Commission, to be filled by a majority vote of the four remaining commissioners. Interested candidates for this position have been asked to email their résumés to, faxed to (918) 458-6101 or mailed to P.O. Box 1188, Tahlequah, OK 74465.

Commissioner Allen's resignation comes during a time of growing energy behind the election reform movement in the Cherokee Nation, while a Tribal Council work group is reportedly coming closer to announcing a proposed election reform package related largely to absentee harvesting. A group of citizen activists has been leading the discussion online through a Facebook group which can be visited here. This group recently released a survey asking Cherokee Nation citizens to give their input on the future of our election process - this survey can be accessed here:

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