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Tuesday, October 09, 2007

Heavy turnout in Tribal election

It's 9:30, and it's all over but the counting at the Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe's law enforcement center.
The multi-purpose room off police headquarters that serves as both a polling place and the counting room is jammed with people keeping a careful eye on the counting process.
The primary election produced a record 67 candidates seeking 10 seats representing District 1, the Isabella Reservation. Turnout was heavy in Tuesday's primary, with 62.3 percent of the voters showing up from District 1.
"When you look at state elections, national elections, local elections, it's nothing compared to Tribal elections," said Tribal spokesman Joe Sowmick. "We traditionally go past a 50 percent voter turnout.
"We've eclipsed that tonight with our District 3 count," Sowmick said.
The Tribal caucus committee, which runs election, has been working since about 8:15 opening and verifying absentee ballots. Much of the District 3, off-reservation, election is done with absentees.


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