Tulsa County Election Board

The "penny sales tax" for education didn't pass, but voters here in the Sooner State did back criminal justice reform; the "Right to Farm" State Question was rejected, yet Republicans won big all over Oklahoma on Election Day, as, indeed, they did nationwide. On this edition of StudioTulsa, we are joined by David Blatt of the OK Policy Institute, an non-partisan, non-profit think tank.

On Tuesday, March 3rd, the citizens of Tulsa will vote on a $415 million bond for Tulsa Public Schools. This bond -- which would not raise taxes -- is focused on four areas: facilities and classrooms, books and classroom technology, transportation, and libraries. As we learn on today's show, the bond is part of TPS's 20-year capital improvement plan to transform and expand aging facilities while also making schools safer throughout the district.

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Voters, candidates, and campaign volunteers are being warned not to violate state election laws during the March 3rd special elections. You cannot work for or against any particular candidate, political party, or issue within 300 feet of the ballot box. Tulsa County Election Board Secretary Patty Bryant says that includes signs, buttons, and the like.

The March 3rd election includes Tulsa Public School bond issues, as well as questions for a handful of other school districts and cities in the county.


Time is running out for you to register if you want to vote in the November 4th general election. Congressional, state, and local races are on the ballot, but Tulsa County Election Board Secretary Patty Bryant says you only have a week left to register. She says you can get the proper forms at any tag office, the board headquarters, or online at tulsacounty.org. Registration forms must be into the election board by midnight Friday, October 10th.

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With the mid-term congressional elections coming up, Oklahomans are being urged to vote by mail to avoid long lines on election day. Absentee applications are now being taken. Tulsa County Election Board Secretary Patty Bryant says any registered voter may request an absentee ballot, you don’t need a special reason to do so.

You may download an application from the Tulsa County Election Board site or pick one up in person at the Board at 555 North Denver Avenue.

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If you want to cast a ballot in the August 26th run-off election, you have only until Friday to register. Tulsa County Election Board Secretary Patty Bryant says you may sign up to be on the voting rolls at tag offices, at the Election Board headquarters on North Denver, or by going on-line to the Election Board website. The forms must be mailed by midnight Friday or in the office by the 5pm closing time Friday.

The Tulsa County District Attorney’s race will be decided in the Republican run-off. It’s Steve Kunzweiler versus Fred Jordan.


For the first time in Tulsa County, early in-person absentee voting for the primary will be allowed in a location other than the election board. Secretary of the Board, Patty Bryant, says as a pilot project in the three counties with the largest number of eligible voters, satellite locations are designated. Hardesty Library on 93rd just east of Memorial is the site here.

You may still cast an early ballot at the Election Board at 555 N. Denver. Hours are Thursday and Friday 8am to 6pm and Saturday 9am until 2pm at both locations. The primary election is next Tuesday.

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Those wanting to cast an early ballot for next Tuesday’s election need to know the law has changed. Days for early in-person absentee are different. Until now, if you wanted to vote early, the days for local and state elections were the Friday and Monday before the Tuesday vote. Tulsa County Election Board Secretary Patty Bryant says that’s no longer the case. The early voting days for in-person absentee balloting are now the Thursday and Friday in advance of the Tuesday vote.

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Friday is the last day to register to vote in the November 12th Tulsa Mayoral and tax extension election. On the ballot for residents of Tulsa, the race for mayor and city auditor, a tax extension and bond issue for nearly 920-million dollars worth of projects, and a question hiking city councilor’s pay, but taking away their ability to vote pay hikes for themselves. Election Board Secretary Patty Bryant says it’s a non-partisan ballot, so anyone who lives in the city of Tulsa and is properly registered may vote.


Time is short to request an absentee ballot for next week’s first ever         non-partisan Tulsa mayoral election. You have only until 5 p-m Wednesday. In-person absentee voting begins Friday.

Tulsa County Election Board Secretary Patty Bryant says if a candidate receives a majority…50 percent plus one…in next Tuesday’s primary…that person becomes mayor. If two candidates combine for a majority of votes, they face each other in the November general election. Also on next Tuesday’s ballot, city of Tulsa auditor, and the Republican primary for County Commission District 3.


The Tulsa County Election Board is prepared for big crowds as early voting gets underway today in Oklahoma.

Four ars ago in the last presidential election, lines ran all the way to the street and down the sidewalk. Early in-person absentee voting is allowed today , Saturday, and Monday…but you must go to the Election Board on North Denver Avenue to cast your ballot.

Board Secretary Patty Bryant says while some states have been early voting for weeks, Oklahoma law only allows early in-person absentee on the Friday, Saturday, and Monday before a state or federal election.