WALKER, Minn. (AP) — An election judge for the Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe has nullified Donald “Mick” Finn’s election as secretary-treasurer in a June 28 special election.


The Pioneer newspaper of Bemidji reports that election judge Heidi Drobnick ruled the results invalid Friday.


The vote had been certified by the General Reservation Election Board, which said Finn beat Donald “Donnie” Headbird by six votes out of about 2,200 cast.


But Drobnick found that Headbird had proved enough violations to warrant a new special election. He had alleged discrepancies at polling places, voter intimidation and the use of tribal program funds and gas vouchers used to influence votes.

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Comments (7)
  1. Jake says:

    Gee, so there is NO VOTER FRAUD going on in MN?? What do you think happens during a general election?? We NEED VOTER ID NOW.

    1. Full wit says:

      This is a tribal election, not one that falls under the jurisdiction of the state election board.

      1. Jake says:

        Ignore the obvious if you like, but these same people get to vote in all of our elections, not just tribal elections. So you are saying that they only vote fraudulently in tribal elections, and follow all of the rules in any other election?

  2. Inreality says:

    So elections on the reservations are no different than normal elections outside….filled with corruption and fraud. If we can not have faith in our elections we can not have any faith in our government and our laws. We need to improve our election systems. This should be an urgent matter for us to correct.

  3. sad but true says:

    Giving out cash cards for gas to secure votes, is no different than special interests groups giving money to a political party in return for ” tax breaks “

  4. kevin says:

    Tribal stuff, what the hell. Is this Afganistan or the United States?

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