Four Cherokee Nation Election Commissioners testified in front of the tribe’s Supreme Court today that they believe the recount numbers in the disputed principal chief’s race are wrong.
During a hearing regarding Principal Chief Chad Smith’s appeal of the election, EC Vice-Chairwoman Brenda J. Walker, Secretary Martha Callico and Commissioners Patsy Eads-Morton and Curtis L. Rohr told Supreme Court justices that they believe the recount numbers that they, along with former Chairman Roger L. Johnson, certified on June 30 are inaccurate.
Also testifying that the recount is wrong was Terry Rainey, president of Automated Election Services. AES is the election service company contracted to supply voting machines to the tribe for its elections.
When asked by a Supreme Court justice if they believed the certified recount totals were wrong, each commissioner present stood and said yes.
Johnson was not present at the hearing after submitting his resignation earlier this week. In his resignation, he cited that media outlets have given him a negative public