The Cherokee Nation Supreme Court ordered another recount Tuesday in the election for Principal Chief. The second recount will be done by hand and will start at 8:30 a.m. this Saturday, July 16, 2011.
The race has been the center of controversy since the election on June 25, 2011. Chief Chad Smith was initially declared the winner by just seven votes over challenger Bill John Baker. Baker ordered a recount and was declared the winner by 266 votes last week.
But over the weekend, the Cherokee Nation Supreme Court counted absentee ballots. Their count showed more than 200 of those ballots were not included in the recount that reversed the election results.
Smith claims the recount short-changed him by several hundred votes. Baker responded with claims Smith is trying to steal the election.
According to an order from the Cherokee Nation Supreme Court Tuesday, “at this time in this appellate process, this Court cannot confirm the accuracy of the results” to a “mathematical certainty.”