In addition to these 60 absentee ballots, several provisional ballots also will be counted today at the election board meeting to certify the vote. Of the outstanding provisional ballots, 69 were in State House District 45, which was a very close race between incumbent Republican Aaron Stiles and Democratic challenger Paula Roberts.
Stiles currently has the lead in the election by 18 votes. It is unknown how many of the 69 District 45 provisional ballots will qualify to be counted or how those ballots will affect the outcome of the race.
It is likely that at least a small percentage of the 60 uncounted absentee ballots will be within District 45.
Stiles is a Norman attorney and Roberts is the former Cleveland County Election Board secretary.
Williams was appointed as the election board secretary in March 2011. He replaced Roberts, a Democrat appointment, who had served as the county election secretary since September 1989.
Williams’ career began in 1992 with the Oklahoma State Election Board and has spanned two decades.