The Principal Chief position is open for election every 4 years. The United Houma Nation Election Board has established the qualifying period from now until April 4th to submit applications to be considered as a candidate for this position. The official announcement is below. More details will be provided following the April 4th qualifying deadline.
UNITED HOUMA NATION Election Board:
20986 Hwy. 1 Thomas Dardar III
Golden Meadow, LA 70357 Brandon Dion
NOTICE OF ELECTION – PRINCIPAL CHIEF
The United Houma Nation Election Board gives NOTICE that a regular election for the office of Principal Chief shall occur on Saturday, June 7, 2014, from 6:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. at such polling places to be designated by the Election Board within the Tribe’s eleven voting districts. Polling place announcements and ballot posting will be posted in advance of the election, at the following places:
- 20986 Hwy. 1, Golden Meadow, LA 70357
- 991 Grand Caillou Road, Bldg. 2, Houma, LA 70363
- 931 Westwood Drive, Suite G, Marrero, LA 70072
In accordance with the UHN Constitution, Article VI, Section 1(c) and (d), candidates for Principal Chief shall meet the following qualifications:
- be a registered voter of the United Houma Nation, and
- be at least 35 years of age, and
- be a high school graduate or have the equivalent of a high school diploma, and
- reside within one of the Tribe’s eleven voting districts for two or more consecutive years immediately preceding the election, and
- be free of any felony conviction, and
- not hold a tribal office unless the person is seeking election or re-appointment to that office, and
- have previously served at least one term on the Tribal Council.
Any interested party seeking candidacy for the office of Principal Chief must complete an Eligibility for Office qualifying form which is available at the UHN Main Office in Golden Meadow (20986 Hwy. 1, Golden Meadow, LA 70357). A form with supporting documents must be received at the above address by Friday, April 4, 2014 in order to be certified by the Election Board. The Board will review all applicants for qualification and complete a list of all certified applicants to be eligible as a candidate for such office following the qualifying date. The list shall be posted in each Tribal Office listed above and shall be available for inspection by all.
April 4, 2014 Applicants must have submitted a complete Eligibility for Office form and supporting documents to the UHN Main Office by 4:00 pm Central Standard Time.
May 8, 2014 Deadline for tribal members to register to vote in this election. A tribal member not registered to vote by this date will be ineligible to vote in the election. (Voter registration will continue after this date for future elections.)
April 18, 2014 Absentee ballots are made available upon request at the UHN Main Office. Absentee ballots are only available either by written request or in person at the UHN Main Office. Verification of voter is required through signature.
May 30, 2014 All absentee ballots must be received at the UHN Main Office by this date no later than 5:00 p.m., Central Standard Time. A ballot received after such date and time will not be counted in the election.
May 26, 2014 Polling places and sample ballots will be posted at tribal offices.
June 7, 2014 Election Day
All registered tribal voters who have registered prior to May 8, 2014 are eligible to vote in this election. Voters have two voting options for this election:
- Secret ballot voting at their designated polling place on June 7, 2014 from 6:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. All voters will receive a written notice of election with an assigned polling place. Voters are highly encouraged to ensure the UHN Main Office has your correct address information in order to assign you to your closest polling place.
- Absentee ballot voting from April 18 to May 30, 2014
Eligible voters interested in voting early or who expect to be absent from their voting district or who expects to be physically unable to go to the polling place on such day, may request in writing or in person an absentee ballot package from the UHN Main Office. This package will include the absentee ballot, return envelopes, and instructions for completing an absentee ballot correctly. Absentee ballots are secret ballots. The outer envelope is only used to verify that the registered voter is the person casting the vote. The secret ballot is separated from the outer envelope once that has been verified. These packages will be available from April 18 to May 30, 2014.
Voting on Election Day:
Registered voters voting on election day must do so at their designated polling place. The Board will mail notice to all registered voters of their designated polling place. All polling places shall be open from 6:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. on the day of the election. All voters must show their tribal photo ID or other valid photo identification and sign a tribal register voter log in order to vote at the polls. A secret ballot will be given after the election supervisors have verified eligibility to vote.
For additional information regarding United Houma Nation elections, please send written requests to the Election Board at the UHN Main Office. Copies of the Election Ordinance are available upon request. Copying fees apply.