In a SWIFT DECISION, The Cherokee Nation Supreme Court has dismissed former principal chief Chad Smith’s appeal in the tribe’s special election, apparently ending the months-long contested principal chief's race.
Chief-elect Bill John Baker will be sworn in at 7:30 p.m. today on the steps of the Cherokee Nation Courthouse, said his attorney, Kalyn Free.
Earlier this week, Baker had announced inauguration plans for Nov. 6. However, Cherokee election law allows a candidate to take office once the appeal period is over. Election law only allows for one appeal.
At 1:30 p.m., the court issued the order denying Smith’s appeal and his request for an expedited appeal hearing, claiming Smith had not shown sufficient cause.
The appeal, filed Monday, contested the election’s certified results due to the inclusion of votes cast by freedmen descendants and additional ballots cast after Sept. 24. Those ballots were allowed as part of a federal court order.