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June 22, 2014

The primary election notebook

DUNCAN —  Polls open at 7 a.m. and close at 7 p.m. for Tuesday’s Oklahoma primaries for the Democratic and Republican parties. Voters in the Democratic primary will select a party nominee for the unexpired term of United States Senator; a nominee for the United States House of Representatives, District 4; and a nominee for Superintendent of Public Instruction. Republicans will select a nominee for the United States Senate; a nominee for an unexpired term in the United States Senate; a nominee for the United States House of Representatives, District 4; a nominee for governor; a nominee for Corporation Commissioner; and a nominee for Superintendent of Public Instruction. Voters in Oklahoma House of Representatives District 65 will also select a nominee for that opening.

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  If necessary, a runoff election is scheduled Aug. 26. The general election is scheduled Nov. 4.

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  Registered voters who do not vote in a primary or runoff election may still vote in the general election.

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 Voters registered as Independents are not eligible to participate until the Nov. 4 general election.

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  There are 24,723 registered Stephens County voters eligible to participate in the election, representing 28 precincts.  Precinct No. 16 at Western Heights Baptist Church, 1801 West Beech, is the city’s largest with 2,105 registered voters. Precinct No. 60 at the Empire Community Center is the smallest with 41 registered voters.

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  Tuesday’s weather forecast calls for cloudy skies and a 30 percent chance of rain. The high temperature is expected to reach 87 degrees with a Tuesday night low of 69 degrees.

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  Veteran Stephens County political watchers project a Tuesday turnout between 3,000 and 4,000 voters. Stephens County Election Board Secretary Angela Dunagan suggests voters who want to cast their ballots quickly should consider voting at either mid-morning or mid-afternoon, usually the slowest periods of the day.

  Any registered voter in line at the polling place at 7 p.m. will be allowed to vote.

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  Precinct 57 has been moved to Graceway Baptist Church, 220 North F Street. It was formerly at Glad Tidings Assembly of God, 1614 East Beech. Voters in Precinct 33 will vote at Fifth Street Missionary Baptist Church, 415 West Cherokee Street in Marlow.

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  Candidate names are not listed alphabetically on the ballot. Instead, they are rotated for each election so no one can claim a competitive advantage by always being listed first.

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  Oklahoma voters approved the proof of identity law during the Nov. 2, 2010 general election. It requires every voter who appears in person at the precinct polling place or during the early voting period to show proof of identity before receiving a ballot.

  A document issued by the United States government, the state of Oklahoma or a federally recognized tribal government is necessary. The document should include the person’s name, photograph and expiration date.

  Examples are Oklahoma driver’s license, a state identification card, a passport or a military identification card.

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  A member of the United States Senate or the United States House of Representatives is paid a base salary of $174,000. The governor of Oklahoma is paid an annual base salary of $147,000.  The Superintendent of Public Instruction is paid an annual salary of $124,373. Each of Oklahoma’s 48 state senators and 101 state representatives is paid $38,400 annually plus a per diem of $150 for each day at work.  

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  As of Friday, there were 1,990,905 registered voters in Oklahoma. Of that number, 882,604 are Democrats, 863,633 Republicans, 244,660 Independents and 8 are members of the Americans Elect Party.

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  Each of Oklahoma’s U.S. House of Representatives members covers a district of roughly 400,000 voters. The Fourth District, which includes Duncan and Stephens County, has 400,628 registered voters.

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   Each precinct will have a minimum of three election officials.

  The inspector is the chief official who is responsible for necessary supplies, oversees the voting process, handles communication with the county election board, resolves problems and ensures prompt delivery of the ballots to the courthouse. He or she is paid $97 plus mileage on the necessary travel.

  The judge verifies the voter’s name and precinct, checks for proper identification and acknowledges the appropriate party affiliation when applicable. The clerk presents each voter the proper ballot.

  Both the judge and the clerk are paid $87.

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    If you have questions or concerns about the Tuesday election, contact the Stephens County Election Board at (580) 255-8782 or the Oklahoma State Election Board at (405) 521-2391.

  Angela Dunagan is Secretary of the Stephens County Election Board. She was appointed by state Sen. Corey Brooks. Shawnda Steely recently joined the office as assistant secretary. She previously worked for A-1 Appliance for 24 years.

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  Respective county election boards will meet at 5 p.m. Friday, June 27 to certify results of the election.

 

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