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Russell Won Absentee, Early Voting Ballots

Early voting results have Steve Russell with a 13 percent lead over opponent Patrice Douglas, the lead fueled n part by Russell’s strong showing in absentee and early voting ballots.

Russell won absentees 1,188 to 946 and early voting ballots 308 to 221.


Will GOP Turnout Top 2010?

Mike McCarville

There are indications today’s Republican  voter turnout could top the 249,069 total in 2010.

Absentee requests were on par with that year and early voting results this morning indicate moderate to heavy volume in some precincts.

There are several reasons the GOP vote today could be higher than in 2010:

1 – The spirited Senate race.

2 – The multi-candidate race for Congress in the 5th District.

3 – The contentious race for schools superintendent.

4 – The race for corporation commissioner.

5 – Ideal voting weather.

And, there are some reasons the turnout in some areas won’t be strong:

1 – The lack of a congressional primary in the 1st District.

2 – The lack of a serious challenge to Senator Jim Inhofe.

All of the major campaigns reportedly have aggressive voter turnout efforts underway.

Overall, the lack of interest in Democrat campaigns could dampen total voter turnout. In 2010, 263,688 Democrats voted in the primary election.

“Democratic turnout will be abysmal,” said Keith Gaddie, a University of Oklahoma political science professor speaking to the Tulsa World. “They (Democrats) have a superintendent primary and that is about it.”

The polls close at 7 p.m. The McCarville Report will have returns as soon as they are available.

How’s the voting in your precinct? Let us know: mccarvillereport@aol.com


Ziriax: Voting Reminders

Oklahoma’s statewide Primary Election is on Tuesday, June 24, but the deadline to request an absentee ballot is this Wednesday and early voting runs Thursday through Saturday.

Oklahoma State Election Board Secretary Paul Ziriax said voters should be aware of several upcoming election-related dates and deadlines.

Last time to request an absentee ballot

Wednesday, June 18, 5:00 PM

Early (In-Person Absentee) Voting at County Election Board offices[1]

Friday, June 20, 8:00 AM to 6:00 PM

Thursday, June 19, 8:00 AM to 6:00 PM

Saturday, June 21, 9:00 AM – 2:00 PM

NOTE: NO early voting on Mon., June 23[2]

Election Day – Polls Open

Tuesday, June 24, 7:00 AM – 7:00 PM

Last time for mail absentee ballots to be received at County Election Board

Tuesday, June 24, 7:00 PM

Voter registration for the Primary Election is closed, but voters may still register for the August 26 Runoff Primary Election and November 4 General Election.

Oklahoma has a “closed” Primary system, meaning only registered voters of a political party may vote in that party’s Primary. However, Independent voters may vote in non-partisan races or questions on the ballot in their precinct.

Voters may use the State Election Board’s new Online Voter Tool (available at http://elections.ok.gov) to confirm their voter registration, find their precinct, view sample ballots, and track their mail absentee ballot.

Answers to common election-related questions, can be found online at the State Election Board’s website: http://elections.ok.gov.


Voter Registration Deadline Friday

Election Board

Voters have until Friday May 30 to register to vote in the June 24 Primary Election, Oklahoma State Election Board Secretary Paul Ziriax said.

Voter registration forms can be downloaded from the Oklahoma State Election Board’s website at http://elections.ok.gov. They are also available at county election boards, post offices, tag agencies, libraries and some other public locations.

Voters must either register in person or mail their registration forms in and have them postmarked before the deadline.

Sample ballots for the Primary Election are also available at county election boards and can be viewed online using the Oklahoma State Election Board’s Online Voter Tool. The tool also allows voters to check their registration information, polling place and track absentee ballots. It can be accessed at http://elections.ok.gov.


Cornett Buries Shadid 65-32%

Oklahoma City Mayor Mick Cornett buried his primary challenger, Councilman Ed Shadid, in Tuesday’s mayoral election.

With 224 of 235 precincts reporting, Cornett had 31,447 votes, or 65.7 percent, to 15,734, or 32.9 percent, for Shadid. Two other candidates, Phil Hughes and Joe B. Sarge Nelson, were drew 1.4 percent.

Final results:

235 of 235 Precincts Completely Reporting
ABSENTEE
MAIL
EARLY
VOTING
ELECTION
DAY
TOTAL
ED SHADID 576 379 14,784 15,739 32.8%
PHIL HUGHES 27 5 300 332 0.7%
JOE SARGE NELSON 23 6 339 368 0.8%
MICK CORNETT 1,946 498 29,051 31,495 65.7%
Total 2,572 888 44,474 47,934

Early Absentee Voting Date Changes

A new state law effective November 1 changed the dates and times state voters have come to expect for in-person “early” absentee voting across Oklahoma.

“Starting this November, early voting days in Oklahoma have changed from Friday/Monday to Thursday/Friday,” explained State Election Board Secretary Paul Ziriax. “As a result, Thursday, Nov. 7 is the first day for in-person ‘early’ absentee voting in counties with elections on Nov. 12. The hours for early voting remain 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Early voting on Monday is discontinued,” Ziriax said.

These changes are occurring due to the 2013 passage by the Oklahoma Legislature of Senate Bill 869, which was signed into law last May.

In addition, Saturdays will continue to be early voting days for all state and federal elections. Because the Nov. 12, 2013, election is not a federal or state election, but rather a special election, no Saturday early voting will occur this month. However, whenever it’s available, the hours for Saturday early voting at County Election Board offices statewide will change to 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. (previously, Saturday early voting began and ended one hour earlier). During federal and state elections, when voter turnout is often the heaviest, the Saturday early voting option provides voters with a third opportunity to vote early.

“These changes will help County Election Board officials to place their focus entirely on Election Day preparations, instead of conducting early voting during the day immediately preceding an election,” the state election board secretary explained.

For more information about absentee voting in Oklahoma, as well as other election-related information, visit the State Election Board website at: http://elections.ok.gov.


Fallin Signs Absentee Ballot Access Measure

Legislation signed by Governor Fallin will help individuals who are not physically able to travel to the county election board send a person in their place to make an application for an absentee ballot.

Senate Bill 276, by Senator Randy Bass and Rep. Joe Dorman, requires the person sent to make an application for an absentee ballot to be at least 16 years of age and only do so for one voter. It took immediate effect upon being signed into law.

“I have had constituents who have talked to us about problems elderly and disabled Oklahomans have had with voting and I wanted to improve the absentee ballot application process for them to ensure their vote is counted,” said Bass, D-Lawton. “This bill limits a single individual to one absentee ballot application on behalf of another person to make sure it is not a vehicle for voter fraud. I was pleased to see it signed into law.”

“We had an primary election in 2012 with very low turnout in some Western Oklahoma districts and I want to ensure that low turnout isn’t made worse because certain members of the community are unable to get out to vote,” said Dorman, D-Rush Springs. “This legislation improves the absentee ballot application process so that individuals who are confined to their home for one reason or another can still have their vote counted.”

 


Judge Says Stiles-Roberts House Race Decision Due Tuesday

Cleveland County District Judge Tracy Schumacher on Friday postponed a ruling in a lawsuit challenging the results of an Oklahoma House race where the incumbent, Rep. Aaron Stiles, won by just 16 votes.

She gave both sides until Tuesday morning to file any additional trial briefs and indicated she would rule by the end of that day.

Friday was the second day of testimony following Democrat Paula Roberts’ petition alleging that 10 different irregularities make it “impossible to determine with mathematical certainty which candidate is entitled to a certificate of election.”

Among Roberts’ allegations are that ineligible voters were allowed to cast ballots while some valid registered voters were not. Roberts also alleges that absentee ballots were improperly secured and that mistakes were made with provisional ballots and voting machines, among other complaints.

Roberts’ attorney wants the court to count the provisional ballots that she claims were improperly excluded. But Schumacher has said state law does not give her the authority to order the ballots counted.

Election Board officials have acknowledged the office made mistakes during the general election. A box containing 60 absentee ballots was discovered two days after the election, but the House race’s original 18-vote margin remained unchanged after those ballots were counted. A recount showed Stiles had won by 16 votes.


Roberts Challenges Stiles, Wants HD45 Recount

The Oklahoman

A petition seeking a recount, along with allegations of irregularities in the  House District 45 race, were filed Friday by the Democratic challenger.

Meanwhile, Cleveland County election officials determined no change occurred  in the Republican incumbent’s margin of victory after tabulating ballots not  counted in Tuesday’s election.

After counting absentee ballots that were discovered Thursday night and 24 of  about 70 provisional ballots that were cast Tuesday, election board officials  determined unofficial final results showed Rep. Aaron Stiles still won by 18  votes.

Paula Roberts listed 10 allegations in papers filed with the state Election  Board claiming that ineligible voters cast ballots in her race and registered  voters in the Norman district were not allowed to vote.

Roberts, who served 22 years as Cleveland County Election Board secretary  before retiring last year, also said absentee ballots were not counted when they  should have been, including 60 that were discovered Thursday.

Read more: http://newsok.com/recount-is-sought-in-norman-house-district-race/article/3727014#ixzz2Bn4LmNai


Marlatt Tops Election Day Voting Percentage

Senator Marlatt

Jerry Bohnen
Contributing Editor

The voters of northwest Oklahoma must think Republican Senator Bryce Marlatt is doing a good job in the Legislature because they gave him 84% of the votes cast in the District 27 race.  It was the highest percentage of support for any of the legislative races decided on Tuesday.

Marlatt, who is from Woodward. received 84.5% of the votes, easily beating Independent Tommy Nicholson.  How bad was it?  Senator Marlatt received 1,126 of the absentee votes while Nicholson had 201. Election day voting favored Marlatt 18,808 to 3,470.
Only two other races came close to the percentage received by Marlatt but neither was in the 80 percentile range.  District 42 Representative Lisa Billy, a Republican from Purcell, won re-election with 79.8% in her race with Democratic challenger Steven Vines.  And Edmond Senator Clark Jolley had 79.4% in his win over Independent challenger Richard Prawdzienski.

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