Collinsville, Oklahoma
July 12, 2011
Cherokee Chief At VCO
Chad Smith Reflected
On Past 12 Years As Chief /
Expects New Election
After 3rd Recount
Previous Coverage:
Latest "official" Cherokee Chief election results have Baker the winner again, this time by 266 vote difference. -- Ted 7/1/2011
Channel 6 TV News reports the Cherokee Chief election results have been reversed today with Chad Smth the winner by 7 (instead of loser by 11). -- Ted 5:35pm 6/27/2011 -- (On Cherokee Site)
Cherokee Nation Elects New Chief (Bill John Baker) by 11 vote margin-- per 6/26/2011 Tulsa World
Several Council Seats Decided Also on Cherokee Nation's Site (Watts & Keener won in District 5) -6/26

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The Victory Cherokee Organization welcomed Chief Chad Smith to their monthly meeting at their Community Center near the Victory Cemetery in Collinsville Tuesday July 12, 2011. Chief Smith noted this and several other Cherokee Community Centers along with job creation as examples of the type of work in his past 12 years as Chief "to help people help themselves".
Cherokee Principal Chief Chad Smith addressed the Victory Cherokee Organization in Collinsville Tuesday and stated it was his belief that a new election would be called following a Saturday July 16th hand recount. He said there were enough votes in doubt that regardless of that winner the count would be too close for certainty. He said that only the ballots in the ballot boxes would be counted in this (the third) recount since the June 26th election for Chief with he and his opponent (Bill John Baker) trading places as winners multiple times already. Smith stated that contested ballots thet were not allowed to be cast initially are of a similar count to the likely difference in any recount.

Three Cherokee Council Members also attended the Collinsville VCO meet. Newly elected councilman Lee Keener (with the microphone), Buel Anglen (also standing) and newly re-elected Cara Cowan Watts (seated).