Early Voting Today thru Saturday
Early In-Person Absentee Voting thru
Cleveland County residents may cast early in-person absentee ballots at the Cleveland County Election Board at 641 East Robinson Street (just east of the fairgrounds) beginning today. Polls are open from – and , and again from – on .
Voters should allow about a half-hour to vote, depending on what time of day they arrive. Additional parking is available at the fairgrounds. Voters should present one of the following forms of I.D.:
- A current Oklahoma driver’s license
- A current photo ID issued by Oklahoma, the US government, or a federally recognized tribal government
- A military photo ID
- A county election board voter ID card
In addition to voting to fill the positions of Governor, Lieutenant Governor, Attorney General, Auditor and Inspector, Treasurer, Superintendent of Public Construction, Labor Commissioner, an open State Senate seat, County Commissioner, and County Sheriff, voters will decide on five state questions:
- Lifting certain restrictions on optometrists and opticians operating from retail spaces
- Adding language to the state constitution guaranteeing additional rights to crime victims
- Changing the current system of Governor and Lieutenant Governor running on their own tickets to one in which they run on a combined ticket
- Establishment of a new State Trust Fund
- Expanding permissible uses of Ad Valorem taxes for school districts. Currently, such taxes must typically be used only for district building funds
Voters will also decide whether to retain sitting judges.Readers, this writer has a confession to make. In past elections, I have been too busy (or too lazy) to research judges. I’ve always just ticked off the
Yes box on judicial retention. The past two years have seen record numbers of judges appointed to important seats under the current administration. Some of those nominations have been controversial, to say the least. Others might have been as contentious, had they not slipped under the radar or been buried in the news cycle by a certain Twitter account. This year I researched the justices before voting and it became clear there were some I’d rather not see keep their seats. I’m especially troubled by Justice Wyrick. The Leadership Conference have written about him here. The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) Oklahoma Chapter has conducted thorough, non-partisan research on all the judges. I urge you to read and draw your own conclusions. Remember to jot down the names of the judges for when you go to the polls.