Stillwater News Press

November 4, 2012

Payne County residents flock to early voting sessions

By John Filonow
Stillwater NewsPress

STILLWATER, Okla. —  Voters in Payne County will decide three local issues Tuesday, along with the next president and Oklahoma’s six state questions.

Early voting continues from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday at the Payne County Administration Building, 315 W. Sixth Ave., Stillwater. Polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Tuesday.

More than 1,500 people cast ballots in Friday’s early voting session.

The number of Payne County voters registered to cast ballots in this election is 42,125, Payne County Election Secretary Alyson Dawson said.

Statewide, Oklahoma has 2.11 million registered voters as of Nov. 1, State Election Board Secretary Paul Ziriax said.

Voters will decide who will be the next county clerk. The county clerk maintains records on real estate and personal property, prepares a county budget and pays and maintains the county payroll and serves as secretary for county commission meetings. The county clerk’s annual salary is $61,812 a year.

Republican Glenna Craig, 47, is chief deputy assessor for Payne County. She has worked in county government for 24 years and served as secretary of the Payne County Election Board.

Incumbent Democrat Linda Hatfield, 58, has worked in the county clerk’s office for 26 years. She has been county clerk since fall 2007.

Payne County voters also decide if liquor by the drink can be sold on Sundays for on-premises consumption.

Voters will decide whether to approve a 1/16th of a cent county sales tax increase to provide more funding for county fire departments.

The tax would start April 1. It would be authorized for five years and require another vote to extend the tax.