NORMAN — A new state law that took effect Nov. 1 changes the dates and times voters have come to expect for early voting in Oklahoma, according to Cleveland County Election Board Secretary Jim Williams.
Early voting begins a day earlier this year — on Thursday — and continues on Friday. Early voting will run from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the Cleveland County Election Board office, 641 E. Robinson St. in Norman. Persons with disabilities who need special assistance can drive up to the south end of the building and push a button on a pole to request help.
“There will be some orange cones directing people into the drive-through lanes,” Williams said. “It’s the same thing we offered in the general elections. We serviced over 500 votes then.”
Persons must have proof of disability saying they need assistance and can’t come inside to use the special service, Williams said. The special service is only available during the early voting hours Thursday and Friday.
All early voting on Monday is discontinued as a result of Senate Bill 869, which was signed into law in May.
Election board offices will be closed on Monday for Veterans Day.
Regular voting will commence at 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Nov. 12.
Norman residents will consider an increase in the sewer service rates. Williams said 51 precincts in Cleveland County are affected by special elections Nov. 12. In addition to Norman, the city of Lexington and Mustang Public Schools also have special elections on that date.
· Norman ballot initiative — Norman voters will be asked to approve a wastewater rate increase to help pay for $63 million in upgrades at the city’s southside sewer plant.
If the proposed rate increase is approved, the average water user’s bill will go up about $3.74 a month. Average commercial rates will go up by $7.39 per month. Sewer rates have not risen since 1996.