NORMAN — Early voting continues today from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the Cleveland County Election board, 641 E. Robinson St. Eighty-six voters cast ballots during early voting Thursday, according to election board officials.
Polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday for the Norman Municipal Election and Special Election for the Public Safety Sales Tax, as well as the Canadian Valley Technology Center Special Election.
The ballots include a proposition for extending the Public Safety Sales Tax on a permanent basis, as well as city council candidates in wards 2, 4 and 6. Ward 8 Council member Chad Williams did not draw an opponent and will retain his seat.
Four candidates are competing in Ward 2: Gary Caissie, Aleisha Karjala, Matthew Leal and Clint Williams.
Three candidates are competing in Ward 4: Bill Hickman, Rhett Michael Jones and Greg Jungman.
Jim Griffith and Jerry Lang are competing in Ward 6.
The Public Safety Sales Tax will be on the ballot as a proposition for renewal. The half-percent sales tax is designated for public safety uses only and funds police and firefighter positions.
Originally approved as a temporary sales tax by voters in 2008, the tax supports 71 police and fire positions. If renewed, the tax will continue to support those positions, as well as 19 additional positions.
The PSST also will fund specific capital needs, including an emergency communications system, an emergency operations and dispatch facility, fire trucks and apparatus, and the relocation of Fire Station No. 5 to improve response times to that coverage area.
If approved, the special sales tax will become permanent.
State law requires all registered voters to prove identity before voting in person at the precinct polling place on election day or during early voting at the county election board.
“Your voter ID card (issued by the County Election Board) can help precinct officials find your name in the Precinct Registry, and it may help them resolve the problem if you are not listed in the Registry for some reason,” Cleveland County Election Board Secretary Bryant Rains said.