2020 Election Information

2020 Election Leech Lake Tribal Council

Four (4) Year Term


Four (4) Year Term


Primary Election Day: June 9, 2020

General Election Day: August 18, 2020

Polls Open: 8:00 AM

Polls Close 8:00 PM


Candidate Essays (Debahjimon submissions)

Shown in ballot order

MCT Election Documents:

Primary Election Notice

Election Calendar

Election Ordinance Revised 12/09/19

Election Ordinance Amendments

MCT Letter Postponing Elections

MCT Resolution Postponing Elections

Che We Building (SE Corner)
115 6th St. Ste. E
Cass Lake, MN 56633

Acceptable Voting Identification
MCT Election Ordinance 

Section 1.6 Voter Eligibility

1.6 (A). Judging Qualifications.

Each Band governing body will be the sole judge of the constitutional qualifications of its voters and may, by official action, delegate this responsibility to its General Reservation Election Board.

1.6 (B). Eligibility to Vote: Generally.

Eligible voters are enrolled members of the Tribe, 18 years of age or over. All eligible voters shall vote by secret ballot. To be eligible to cast a ballot a voter must meet all constitutional requirements. In addition, to be eligible to cast a vote for Committeeperson, a voter must have resided within that district for at least thirty (30) days immediately preceding the election, unless the voter casts an absentee ballot as permitted by this Ordinance.

1.6 (C). Eligibility to Vote: Absentee.

Whenever, due to absence from the reservation, illness or physical disability, an eligible voter is not able to vote at the polls and notifies the General Election Board consistent with this Ordinance, he/she will be entitled to vote by absentee ballot in the manner and under the procedures as provided by Section 2.2(B). To cast an absentee ballot for Committeeperson, an eligible voter must have resided within that district for a period of at least thirty (30) days as his/her last reservation residence. In the event an eligible voter has never resided on the reservation of his/her enrollment, he/she must declare in his/her request which district has been selected in which to cast the ballot for Committeeperson. A voter may not thereafter change his/her district for absentee voting purposes without actually residing within a different district on his/her reservation of enrollment for at least thirty (30) consecutive days immediately preceding the election.

Leech Lake Election Board

Physical Address:
SE Corner CheWe Building
115 Sixth St NW
Cass Lake MN 56633

Mailing address:
PO Box 787
Cass Lake, MN 56633
[email protected]
Fax: (218) 335-7248
Toll free- 1-877-577-7945

Chair- Sharon Wilson
Clerk- Terri Boswell
Clerk- Nancy Whitebird
Clerk- Jody Bellanger
Clerk- Jay Nordmarken

Polling Places

Ball Club
Community Center
31627 County Rd #39
Deer River, MN

Inger Community Center
53736 County Rd #146
Deer River, MN

S. Lake Community Center
59979 County Rd #4
S.Lake, MN

Bena Community Center
15032 Old Housing Drive
Bena, MN

Smokey Point-Kego Lake
Community Center
6159 Kego Lake Trail NE
Longville, MN

Sugar Point
Community Center
10051 Battle Pt. Dr.
Federal Dam, MN

Cass Lake
Dikinaagan Center
16120 60th Ave. NW
Cass Lake, MN

Community Center
2126 Finch Lane SE
Cass Lake, MN

Community Center
8825 Onigum Rd. NW
Walker, MN

Cass River
Community Center
1731 Scenic Hwy SE
Pennington, MN

Oak Point
Community Center
5468 170th St. NW
Cass Lake, MN

Bemidji City Hall
Chamber of Commerce
317 4th St. NW
Bemidji, MN

Dr. Robert Powless Cultural Center,
212 W 2nd St.
Duluth, MN

Leech Lake Twin Cities Office
2438 27th Ave S
Minneapolis, MN

General Election Board
Che We Building (SE Corner)
115 6th St. Ste. E
Cass Lake, MN 56633

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. 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 office. Absentee voters must bring an acceptable ID 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.