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Candidate filing period is June 13-15 for Ward 7 special election; vote on Aug. 28

Post Date:06/06/2018 1:58 PM

The candidate filing period is June 13-15 for the special election to fill the Ward 7 Oklahoma City Council seat until April 2021.

The primary special election for the seat is Aug. 28, with a potential runoff Nov. 6. The winner will fill the remainder of the current four-year term, which was vacated when the previously elected Council member resigned effective May 31.

Councilman-appointee Lee E. Cooper Jr. will represent Ward 7 in the interim. The Council voted June 5 to appoint him to the seat until voters choose a replacement, and he’ll be sworn in June 19.

The Oklahoma City Charter required the Council to make the interim appointment and call the election, and to take both actions within 30 days of the resignation’s effective date.

Candidate information

If only one qualifying candidate files to run, that candidate is automatically elected to office.

If a candidate earns a majority of the votes on Aug. 28, he or she wins the seat. Otherwise, the two candidates with the most votes will stand in a decisive runoff Nov. 6.

Qualifying candidates must be:

  • a U.S. citizen;
  • at least 21 years old;
  • a qualified Oklahoma City voter;
  • a resident of Oklahoma City or an area that has been annexed by Oklahoma City for at least three years before the election date;
  • a resident of Ward 7 for at least six months;
  • and a registered voter at an address within Ward 7 for at least six months before filing a declaration of candidacy.

See a Ward map at okc.gov/wardmap.

Candidates must submit a written declaration of candidacy, along with how the candidate wants his or her name to appear on the ballot.

Candidates must include a cashier’s or certified check for $200, or a petition supporting the filing signed by at least 500 registered voters eligible to vote for the candidate. The check will be returned if the candidate is unopposed, receives more than 15 percent of the votes cast in the primary special election or advances to the runoff.

Candidates must file their declaration of candidacy and check or petition to the Oklahoma County Election Board, 4201 N Lincoln Blvd., Oklahoma City, OK 73105-5210, (405) 713-1515.

The Oklahoma City Council has nine members: the Mayor, who is elected citywide, and one member representing each of Oklahoma City’s eight Wards.

The Council is nonpartisan and members serve part-time at the head of the City’s Council-Manager form of government. The Mayor’s annual salary is $24,000, and Council members’ annual salary is $12,000.

Voting and registration information

All Ward 7 voters registered by Aug. 3 are eligible to vote in the Aug. 28 primary special election.

Use your voter ID card or the Oklahoma State Election Board’s online voter tool at ok.gov/elections to find your polling location or confirm your registration.

You can download a voter registration form at ok.gov/elections. They’re also available at your local county election board, post offices, tag agencies, libraries and other public locations.

Voters who have disabilities can find more information about voter assistance in Oklahoma at ok.gov/elections.

State law requires proof of identity to vote. Acceptable forms of ID are a voter ID card, driver’s license or another form of ID issued by the federal government, state government or federally recognized tribal government. Voters may also cast a provisional ballot by proving their identity with a signed, sworn affidavit.

The deadline to request an absentee ballot for the primary special election is 5 p.m. Aug. 22. Apply for an absentee ballot or download an absentee ballot request form at ok.gov/elections.

Overseas voters, including military members, can get more information about overseas absentee voting at ok.gov/elections.

Early voting for the primary special election is 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Aug. 23-24 and 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Aug. 25 at the Oklahoma County Election Board, 4201 N Lincoln Blvd., (405) 713-1515.

Regular voting is 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Aug. 28 at your usual polling location.

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Media Contact
Kristy Yager
(405) 297-2550 / (405) 863-2831
kristy.yager@okc.gov

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