June 25: Cherokee voters cast their ballots for principal chief.
June 26: After a night of counting votes, Bill John Baker is announced unofficial winner by 11 votes. An earlier count that had not included challenged ballots had incumbent Chief Chad Smith ahead by a narrow margin.
June 27: The Cherokee Nation Election Commission says Smith is the "official" winner by 7 votes. Baker calls for a recount.
June 28: Baker asks the tribe's Supreme Court for an emergency injunction and seeks the immediate release of certified election results.
June 29: Baker asks for a hand recount of the election results.
June 30: Certified recount figures make Baker the winner by a 266-vote margin.
July 1: Attorneys for Smith file court papers seeking an electronic recount.
July 5: Smith asks Supreme Court for new election. Also, tribal Election Commission Chairman Roger Johnson resigns.
July 8: The Supreme Court begins hearing testimony on Smith’s appeal of the election results. A Tulsa World review shows at least 31 votes in the election appear to have come from unregistered voters.
July 10: Supreme Court justices order a comparison of the names of 15,000 voters in the June 25 election with the 300,000 Cherokee Nation members registered to vote.
July 12: The Supreme Court orders a hand recount of all ballots from the tribe’s June 25 election. The count is to be used as part of Smith’s appeal and not to determine the next chief.
July 17: A hand recount of ballots concludes that Smith finished five votes ahead of challenger Baker. A court hearing is set for Tuesday in the appeal.
July 21: Cherokee Supreme Court invalidates June election.
Aug. 22: Cherokee Supreme Court ends freedmen descendants' tribal citizenship, upholding 2007 referendum in which tribal members voted to amend the Cherokee constitution to exclude them.
Sept. 20: Agreement reached in federal court to allow freedmen to vote in second election.
Sept. 24: Second election for principal chief held.
Oct. 9: Ballot counting in second election begins.
Oct. 12: Official results show Baker defeated Smith 10,703 votes to 9,128.
Oct. 17: Smith files an appeal with the Cherokee Nation Supreme Court contesting the results of the tribe's special election.
Oct. 19: The Cherokee Nation Supreme Court denies Smith's appeal.
Oct. 19: Baker is sworn in as chief.