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November 1, 2013

Voting law change will affect Nov. 12 election

STILLWATER, Okla. — Oklahoma’s in-person absentee voting law changed Friday.

State legislators revised the days in-person absentee voting may be conducted. Senate Bill 869 was signed into law in May.

The change will affect voting in the Nov. 12 city of Stillwater special election, Payne County Election Board Secretary Alyson Dawson said.

Early voting will be 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday and Friday at the Payne County Administration Building, 315 W. Sixth Ave. Legislators discontinued early voting on the Monday before an election day. People casting ballots must show a photo ID. The law also requires the name on your proof of identity match your name in the voter registration rolls.

Wednesday is the deadline to receive mail-in absentee ballots applications, Dawson said.

Absentee ballots must be returned no later than election day.

The special election will decide three city propositions. Two raise property taxes to fund $27.5 million in municipal bonds. The third repeals a temporary 1/2 cent percent sales tax for road improvements and replaces it with a permanent 1-percent sales tax for transportation projects.

 Proposition 1 creates a 20-year general obligation bond that will be used to build a youth sports complex and improve Boomer Lake Park.

Proposition 2 creates a 10-year general obligation bond that will be used to build a fire station, add 25 vehicles to the police fleet and upgrade the city’s emergency communications equipment.

Propositions 1 and 2, if approved, would increase property taxes on a home with $150,000 assessed value to $1,769 a year. Proposition 3 will raise Stillwater’s sale tax rate to 9.313 percent with one percentage point (approximately $8 million) a year earmarked for transportation projects.

updated Nov. 3, 2013

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