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Tribe offering $25,000 reward in ballot tampering case

An audit of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians’ 2017 General Election and recounts alleges ballot tampering and voter fraud, and now tribal leaders want to know who was responsible. Tribal Council voted during its Budget Council session on Tuesday, Feb. 27 to offer a $25,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for the tampering. Those wishing to relay information can do so by calling (800) 455-9014 or visiting

Res. No. 133, submitted by Principal Chief Richard G. Sneed, was passed unanimously. The resolution states in part, “…to restore trust in the election system, and to bring those responsible to justice, it is necessary for the Tribe to contract with an independent third-party investigator to dig deeper into the subject and attempt to identify who was responsible for the adulteration of the 2017 election.”


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