Stillwater News Press

March 30, 2013

Polls open Monday for early voting

By NewsPress Staff
Stillwater NewsPress

STILLWATER, Okla. — Early voting will continue from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday at the Payne County Administration Building, 315 W. Sixth Ave., for municipal elections in Cushing, Perkins and Stillwater.

Polling sites will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday in those cities for the actual election.

Traditionally, voter turnout for municipal elections is low. Fewer than 5,000 votes were cast in the Stillwater mayor’s election in March 2012.

City Council seats 1 and 2 will be decided Tuesday. Incumbent Joe Weaver faces Micah Lefebvre for seat 1. Incumbent Philip Pina is challenged by Gina Noble for seat 2.

All four candidates have signed an open government oath submitted to them by the Stillwater League of Women Voters.

Perkins voters are being asked to approve a 1/2 cent sales tax increase.

The additional tax revenues will fund improvements to police, fire and emergency management services.

Cushing voters will decide if incumbent Carey Seigle returns to the City Commission or if challenger Terry Brannon will be the newest commissioner.

Voters will need to bring a valid photo ID issued by the state, federal government or federally recognized tribal government to provide proof of identity at the polls.

These documents may be used to provide proof of identity:

• an Oklahoma driver’s license

• an Oklahoma identification card

• a passport

• a military identification card

• the voter identification card they received by mail after they registered to vote. According to state law, it is a valid ID even though it doesn’t include a photograph or expiration date.

Anyone with questions about where to vote can find the information online at www.ok.gov/elections and click on the polling place locator button. Payne County Election Board staff also can answer questions.

For more information call 405-747-8350.