Upcoming BIA Secretarial Election to Amend the SRPMIC Constitution
The Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community (SRPMIC) Council asked for a BIA Secretarial Election to amend the SRPMIC Constitution. This amendment would remove the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) from any future amendment processes to the SRPMIC Constitution; and change the amount of signatures required to amend the SRPMIC Constitution from 200 signatures to 15% of the eligible voters (15% would be about 900 signatures based the Community’s enrolled membership as of today).
In January, the BIA will send election notices and registration packets to all SRPMIC enrolled members who are eligible voters. Unlike a regular election, this is a BIA election, and you must register by mail to be allowed to vote in this election: the entire election process will only be done by mail. There will be no election polling site on “election day”, which is Friday, March 16, 2018.
It is important that you keep a close watch for the Election notices from the BIA starting the week of January 16th, 2018. Please fill out the registration information and then mail it in to the BIA in the self-addressed envelope that will be provided by the BIA. Per the BIA rules, all registration forms will only be accepted if mailed in and received by February 14, 2018 at 4:30 pm.
We will get more information out to the Community in January. If you have questions about the upcoming election, the best place to call is the BIA’s Salt River Agency at (480) 421-0807.
Important BIA Secretarial Election Dates in 2018
Week of January 16, 2018 - The BIA will send Election Notices & Voter Registration information to all eligible SRPMIC Voters.
February 14, 2018 - Your voter registration information must be RETURNED BY MAILED and RECEIVED BY THE BIA by 4:30 pm in order for you to vote in this BIA Secretarial Election.
*The registered voters list for this Secretarial Election will be posted on February 14th and any challenges to the registered voters list must be made by February 20, 2018.
Week of February 21, 2018 - The BIA Election Ballots will be sent to all eligible SRPMIC members who registered to vote in this BIA Secretarial Election.
March 16, 2018 - ELECTION BALLOTS MUST BE RECEIVED BY THE BIA BY 6:00 PM BY MAIL OR IN PERSON; ELECTION VOTES WILL BE TALLIED AND POSTED THAT EVENING.
March 22, 2018 - Certified Election Results will be sent to the BIA’s Regional Director for final approval.
Below is the language to be voted on during this BIA Secretarial Election.
Proposed New Language to Article XIII of the SRPMIC Constitution
“This constitution may be amended by a majority vote of the registered voters of the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community voting in an election called for that purpose at the request of the Community Council or upon receipt of a petition signed by not less than fifteen (15) percent of the eligible voters of the Community.”