Absentee ballots missing candidate name, says Wind River Inter-Tribal Court Judge

Former Northern Arapaho Business Council member Anthony “Al” Addison was added back to the in-person voting ballot for the November 19th Northern Arapaho General Election. However, his name was not on 140 absentee ballots, according to court documents sent to County 10 from Addison.

On December 18th, Wind River Inter-Tribal Court Special Judge Barton ordered the Northern Arapaho Election Committee to “comply with the November 13, 2020 Order” which was to add Addison’s name back on the General Election ballot after it had been removed following the October Primary Election.

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The newly elected NABC members were sworn in on December 1st following election protest hearings the day before. The court documents state Addison was one of the protestors, and according to public notice, the Election Committee deemed the “protests were not valid and the General Election will not be declared null and void.”

“The general election cannot be characterized as fair and just in any way when a candidate’s name is left off of some of the ballots,” Judge Barton stated in the court documents.

“Judge Barton has determined that the voting and civil rights of Arapaho citizens were violated,” Addison said in a press release to County 10. “This action, that I brought before in the Court was not about me. It was brought to protect the rights of members of the Arapaho Tribe.”

Judge Barton gave the Election Committee until December 29th to report back to the Court on this matter.

The NABC shared they do not have a comment at this time.

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