Leech Lake MCT General Election Notice: Polls open June 14th, 2022

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The MN Chippewa Tribe has posted the General Election Notice for the Leech Lake Reservation. The 2022 General Election will be held on June 14, 2022 with polls open from 8:00 AM – 8:00 PM. With the District I and District II Representative races decided in the April Primary Election, the remaining Tribal Council race on the ballot will be for the Secretary-Treasurer position. Candidate Leonard M. Fineday will run unopposed on the ballot in that contest.

In addition to the Secretary-Treasurer seat, voters will fill positions for the Local Indian Councils, Leech Lake Housing Authority Board and the Bug-O-Nay-Ge-Shig School Board. The filing period for those positions closes today, May 16th 2022 at 4:30 PM. For more info see, https://www.leechlakenews.com/2022/04/19/election-notice-local-indian-councils-housing-board-b-school-board/.

Absentee Voting Information

In order to receive an absentee ballot, voters can fill out an absentee ballot request card provided by a candidate or submit a written request to the Election Board at LLBO Election Board, 115 6th St Ste E, Cass Lake MN 56633. Written requests MUST contain the following information:

  • Full Name
  • Mailing Address
  • Physical Address (if different)
  • Date of Birth
  • Voting District
    • A District must be declared on your request in order to receive an absentee ballot, failure to provide one will lead to significant delays
    • District cannot be changed without establishing residency (see “Establishing Residency” below)
    • Out of State voters who have not declared a district in a previous election shall declare a district to vote in
    • Out of State voters are not eligible to select a new district if they have chosen one previously without meeting the residency requirements outlined below

Voters can also cast an absentee ballot in person by visiting the Election Board offices in Cass Lake (located in the SE corner of the Che We building, 115 6th St, Cass Lake, MN 56633). Absentee voters must bring an acceptable ID (see list below) when voting in person. Ballots are not permitted to leave the Election Board office. The only exception is if there is a voter that is unable to vote in person (handicapped, elder, etc) Those voters are able to sign a form requesting assistance to vote and a minimum of two Election Board members will walk the ballot out and assist the voter.

Acceptable Identification for Voters

*Must have acceptable ID – No vouching

The forms of identification that may be used by a voter who appears at a polling place to vote on Election Day include:

  • Official Valid Tribal Identification Card of Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe; or
  • A current and valid photo identification card issued by the State of Minnesota or the United States government; or
  • Military ID; or
  • US Passport or US Passport Card

Establishing Residency

*A voter must have resided within that district for at least (30) days immediately preceding the election.

The forms acceptable to establish residency:

  • An original or copy of a current utility bill; or
  • An original or copy of a current bank statement; or
  • An original or copy of current government check; or
  • An original or copy of current paycheck; or
  • An original or copy of a current other government document that shows the voters name and current address

For more information, including polling places, candidate essays and more, visit the Election Information page.

Click to view/download the 2022 MCT General Election Notice
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