2019 Election Process


The Primary responsibility of your Council is to represent the Tribe and to make decisions consistent with and not contrary to, our Constitution. Due to conflicting interpretations of the Constitution, the Council has combined Articles in the Constitution with the Ordinances in an attempt for a fair election.  The election process for the 2019 election only is:

  • The Nomination meeting is scheduled for December 1, 2018 at Palisades Park in Oneonta Al.  
  • You must be present to be nominated.
  • An Election Committee will be selected.  Family members of candidates will be ineligible to serve on this committee.
  • Qualifications for becoming an Officer or Council member prior to the election year:       

               - You must be a resident of the  State of Alabama for at least one year.

               - You must be an active adult Citizen By Blood for at lest 2 consecutive years and be                   current in all fees. 

              - You must be at least:

                 * Thirty-five  years of age by January 1, 2019 to be nominated as an Officer

                 * Twenty-one years of age by January 1, 2019 to be nominated as a District                    Representative.

             -  A candidate for the office of Principal Chief or 1st Vice Chief must have:

                 * Served at least 4 years on the council, OR

                 * Served as an Officer within the past two terms, OR

                 * Attended at least 8 Council meetings, 4 of which must be Quarterly Council                    Meetings, within a 2-year period.

             - You must not have any fraud or felony conviction in any court of law.

             -  Two members of the same family,  third cousins or closer, cannot hold an elected                  position at the same time.  However, one family member can serve as an elected                 Officer or District Representative while another serves in an appointed position. 

             - Citizens who are appointed to leadership positions must  resign those appointments                  before running for an elected officer.

             - Citizens who were removed from office for just cause within the past 7 years, or who                  resigned from office while an action was pending that could have resulted in their                  removal, cannot run for office without the express written approval of a majority of                 your Council and Officers. 

             - Candidates will be posted on the website and the bulletin board after December 31,                 2018.

  • The election process will include two ways of voting:

               -A poll site will be set up at Guntersville Recreation Center on Saturday, March 30,                 2019 between the hours of 11am and 3pm.  A list of active citizens who are eligible to                 vote will be available on the site; citizens  must show their tribal card and sign the roll                 to receive an official ballot. 

            - If an eligible citizen cannot be physically present at the poll site for a legitimate reason,               an absentee ballot will be available. 

                  *The absentee ballot may be requested from the Chair of the Election Committee any                     time after January 1, 2019 and a stamped, self-addressed envelope must be sent to                     the Chair.  Contact information for the Chair will be posted on the web-site and                     bulletin board, or it can be obtained from the tribal office. 

                       **The official absentee ballot will carry the embossed tribal seal.

                       **Copies of the absentee ballot will not be accepted.

                  * A post office box will be secured for return of absentee ballots.  All absentee ballots                     must be sent to the designated P.O. box and postmarked no later than march 15,                     2019.  Ballots that have a later postmark will not be considered. 

                  *On the morning of the election, two members of the Election Committee will pick up                     absentee ballots, place them in the ballot box being used during the election, and                     deliver them to the poll site.  Ballots will be counted on site after the polls close. 

                - A run-off election will be held if necessary.

  • Qualifications for voting:

               - You must be an active citizen of CTNEAL

               - You must be at least 18 years of age.

               - Honorary citizens are NOT eligible to vote or run for office.

The requirements for being classified as an active citizen have been posted in our newsletter many times, but to re-fresh your memory, there are only 3 requirements:

  • Keep your contact information up-to-date on our rolls.  If you do not regularly receive our newsletter, you know your address is wrong.  If you have not received a call or email from your District Representative, your phone number and/or  email address maybe wrong.
  • Keep all taxes and fees current; be sure to clear any outstanding debt before the end of the year.
  • Participate in at least one tribal activity during the calendar year.  This requirement was originally intended to mean attending a tribal event but was expanded to show support to your tribe by serving on committees, donating hand-made crafts for us to sell, participating in American Indian activities in your region as a representative of CTNEAL, ect.

Active status runs for January 1 through December 31.  If you have not yet met all 3 requirements during 2018, there is still time to do so before the end of this year.  If you have any questions about whether these requirements have been met, contact your District Representative or the tribal office.