Early voting continues
County residents seeking to cast their votes early for the April 4 City and Municipal races can do so today until 6 p.m. at the Okmulgee County Courthouse, at the Election Board office.
Okmulgee County Election Board Secretary Ashley Carnes reminds citizens that early voting is open to all registered voters, and anyone with an address within the city limit boundaries and/or school district boundaries are eligible to vote in the April 4 election.
Precinct locations will be open on Tuesday from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Okmulgee, Beggs, Henryetta and Dewar all have municipal elections, while Henryetta, Haskell, Midway, Mounds and Indian Capital Tech Center all have school board positions on the ballot.
City of Okmulgee residents will decide on a Ward 2 representative – incumbent Steven Baldridge or challenger Rose Lynch.
Henryetta residents have a large slate of candidates vying for city council Wards 1 and 2. The top vote getter will join the board.
Carnes reminds voters that while ballot “selfies” or taking photographs of a marked ballot are legal, voters may not share or distribute the image through social media or by any other means while inside the election enclosure. Voters must wait until they leave their polling place before posting or sharing the picture with anyone. Improper use of the photo could result in a violation of the law. Voters may not use the image to coerce, influence, or intimidate another voter.
Carnes said disclosing how you voted with anyone while inside the election enclosure is illegal. In addition, you may not remove a ballot from the polling place. Electioneering is prohibited within 300 feet of any ballot box while an election is in progress. This includes wearing or bringing visible campaign- related paraphernalia into the election enclosure.
No one except election officials and voters waiting to vote is allowed within 50 feet of any ballot box on Election Day.
Voters are reminded that consuming alcohol of any kind or quantity within one-half mile of a polling place on Election Day is prohibited.
For questions, please get in touch with the Election Board at 918756-2365 or OkmulgeeCounty@elections.ok.gov.
— On the Ballots April 4
• Okmulgee Municipal Runoff Election – Ward 2, Steven Baldridge and Rose Lynch
• Henryetta Public School District Office No. 3 – Ginny Holder and Shawn Okerson
• City of Beggs Councilmember Ward 4 – Rick Mitchell, Don Goswick (dropped out) and Kenneth Lyons
• City of Henryetta Councilmember Ward 1 – Greg Williams, Bill Goodner, Annette Sisson and Steve Sanford
• City of Henryetta Councilmember Ward 2 – Vernon Van Meter, Christy Jeffcoat, Melissa Heminover and Shawn Buzan
• Town of Dewar Board of Trustee Office 3 – Emily Ramirez and Katie Quillin The following are school districts that affected Okmulgee County and will have an election Tuesday, April 4:
• Haskell Public Schools Office 3 – Corrie L. Buchanan and John Dillingham
• Indian Capital Tech Center Office 3 – Scott Chambers and Mark Walters
• Midway Public Schools Office 3 – Will Duvall and Ross Kellner
• Mounds Public Schools Office 3 – Clayton J Lamb and Adam Carner — A Few Reminders
• The polling place for Precinct 560035, Schulter Community Center, will vote at Methodist Church, 23505 Flax Ave. in Schulter, on April 4. The temporary change was made due to the Town of Schulter conducting its Town Hall Election on the same day.
• Indian Capital Technology Center District requested to close Precinct 560018 for the April 4 election. The Methodist Church will be open on April 4 for the City of Henryetta and Henryetta Public School election. The polling place will not have ballots for the Indian Capital Tech Center school board election.
• The Town of Schulter and Town of Grayson will also be electing trustees on April 4.