The following letter and the enclosures it references have sent by First Class Mail to Qualified Voting Members of the Kenaitze Indian Tribe. Qualified Voting Members may access recorded video statements at the link below. The password to access the statements is included in the letter mailed to Qualified Voting Members.
August 10, 2020
Dear Tribal Member,
The purpose of this letter is to detail the process established for this year’s Tribal Council Member Election. We will be electing three (3) Tribal Council Members on October 3, 2020.
Due to the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic, this year’s Annual General Membership Meeting will proceed as a live virtual video webcast which preserves the rights for Tribal Members to view the meeting either online or telephonically in real time. Holding a virtual meeting will encourage social distancing and support those who are staying at home for their well-being. Tribal Members may attend by accessing the meeting through a computer, smartphone or tablet, or by dialing in through any phone line. Materials and further instructions for viewing the virtual meeting will be announced and distributed as they become available. You may also access the Kenaitze website for the Annual General Membership Meeting details and updated information.
Included with this letter are the candidates’ statements received from eligible Kenaitze Tribal Members whose Declaration of Candidacy forms were received on or before the July 20, 2020 deadline. The order in which their name will appear on the ballot will be in random order. In addition, recorded candidates’ statements may also be viewed on the Tribe’s website at: https://www.kenaitze.org/annual-general-membership-meeting-2020.
In accordance with the Election Ordinance 1998-02, you will be mailed an official Kenaitze Indian Tribe Absentee Ballot which must be received by September 28, 2020. The ballots are to be mailed or delivered in the return envelope provided to: Coghill Group, PC at 215 Fidalgo Avenue, Suite 206, Kenai, AK 99611. Due to COVID-19, voting will be conducted by Absentee Ballot only this year.
The unopened Absentee Ballots will be brought to the virtual Annual General Membership meeting which will be held on October 3, 2020. We encourage all eligible Tribal Members to vote with the attached Absentee Ballot as there will not be an opportunity for floor nominations or in-person voting this year due to the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic.
Should you wish to vote for someone who is not listed on the ballot, you should legibly print their name on one of the blank lines provided on the Absentee Ballot. The Election Board and the Coghill Group will count all ballots. Please note that Absentee Ballots will be voided if you vote for more than three (3) individuals. Results will be announced at the Annual General Membership Meeting.
Should you have questions or concerns, please contact Chelsea Hendriks, Tribal Programs Director, located at 150 North Willow Street, Kenai AK 99611, 907-335-7281 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We look forward to this year’s Annual General Membership Meeting and hope you are able to attend the virtual meeting as planned!
Chair, Election Board
Kenaitze Indian Tribe
Kenaitze Indian Tribe Absentee Ballot