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March 3, 2012

Voters will select who advances Tuesday in Stillwater mayor race, presidential primary

STILLWATER, Okla. — On Tuesday, Stillwater voters will go to the polls for the primary election to select a new mayor, and all Oklahoma voters will vote for the presidential primary nominees as part of Super Tuesday.

Candidates John Bartley, Mick Hoeltzel and Terrence Murphy will face one another in the Mayoral primary. The two candidates with the most votes in the primary will move on to the April 3 general election unless one candidate receives a majority of all votes cast in the primary. In that case, that candidate will be elected without a general election.

Democrats voting on a nominee for president have the option of Barack Obama, Randall Terry, Jim Rogers, Bob Ely and Darcy G. Richardson. Republicans can vote for Mitt Romney, Newt Gingrich, Ron Paul or Rick Santorum. Republican candidates Jon Huntsman, Rick Perry and Michele Bachmann have suspended their campaigns but will still appear on the ballot.

This is the second area election in which the new state proof of identity law requires every in-person voter to show valid identification before receiving a ballot.

Any document used to prove ID must include a voter’s name, a photograph of that person and have an expiration date that makes it valid at the time of the election. The ID must be issued by the federal government, state government or a federally recognized Indian tribe or nation. The law also requires the name on the ID to match that in precinct registry. Acceptable forms of identification include an Oklahoma driver license, a state identification card, a passport or military identification.

According to the Oklahoma Election Board, a state identification card for those above age 65 that do not have an expiration date or the free voter identification cards issued by county election boards can also be used to vote in accordance with state law even though neither fits all of the requirements of voter name, picture and expiration date.

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