Results flip-flopping in Cherokee chief election

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Posted: Jul 18, 2011 3:42 PM
Results flip-flopping in Cherokee chief election

The incumbent and the challenger have both been declared the winner of a recent election for chief of one of the nation's largest American Indian tribes _ twice, in fact.

The results of the June 25 election for chief of the Cherokee Nation remain in doubt after three weeks of wrangling and multiple ballot counts. The tribe's Supreme Court will meet Tuesday evening to try to sort out the mess before the Aug. 14 inauguration.

The court hearing comes after a third count of ballots over the weekend showed Principal Chief Chad Smith ahead of the challenger, longtime councilman Bill John Baker, by five votes.

The justices could certify the recount results and declare Smith the winner, hear more evidence from attorneys representing each campaign or order a new election.