The Norman Transcript

Government

November 15, 2012

Recount expected today

NORMAN — Judge will rule on request in State House District 45 race

Judge Tracy Schumacher is expected to rule today on whether a request for a ballot recount will be honored in the State House District 45 race. The hearing is scheduled for 9 a.m. at the Cleveland County Courthouse.

Paula Roberts, Democratic candidate House District 45, requested the recount after several grueling hours at the Cleveland County Election Board last Friday while election officials counted provisional ballots and opened and counted 60 mail-in absentee ballots that had been misplaced and gone uncounted in the Nov. 6 general election.

Despite the lost and provisional ballots, incumbent Republican Aaron Stiles, of Norman, remained the unofficial winner of the District 45 race by a margin of 18 votes.

Roberts’ attorney, Greg Bledsoe, also filed a petition alleging that “numerous irregularities” had tainted the election and that either Roberts should be declared the winner or it should be determined there is a mathematical uncertainty as to the outcome.

The Cleveland County Election Board opened its meeting at 3 p.m. Friday. Cleveland County Election Board Secretary Jim Williams began with a request for an item under new business saying 60 mail-in absentee ballots had been discovered in a locked room following the election.

“On election night, we had trouble opening the ballot envelopes,” Williams said.

He explained that the absentee ballots were being sliced in half and extra workers were called in to open the envelopes by hand. Sixty envelopes were “inadvertently” placed with empty envelopes, where they remained in a locked room until discovered two days later

“It’s our belief that the integrity of the ballots has not been compromised,” Williams said.

Election Board Chair Lisa Shrieves, a Republican, and board member Hal Spake II, a Democrat, assisted Williams in opening the ballots. Only three votes affected the District 45 race. Stiles gained two votes and Roberts gained one vote, increasing Stiles’ lead to 19 votes.

Text Only | Photo Reprints
Government
  • City manager calls Moore strong while addressing Chamber

    MOORE — Moore’s City Manager Steve Eddy could have quoted Dickens: “It was the best of times, it was the worst of times.” Eddy, with help from Mayor Glenn Lewis, reported on Tuesday on the State of the City to the Moore Chamber of ...

    July 23, 2014

  • walmart City leaders say ‘yes’ to Wal-Mart supercenter postponement

    Despite complaints that a postponement request was in the eleventh hour, a zoning change in east Norman was put on hold Tuesday night. The proposal to rezone property at Cedar Lane Road between 24th Avenue Southeast and Highway 77 ...

    July 23, 2014 1 Photo

  • Moore City Council paves way for Sam’s Club location

    MOORE — The Moore City Council approved a $5 million bond Tuesday to be repaid with sales tax and utility revenues. “A good amount of street improvements needs to be done,” Moore City Manager Steve Eddy said. “This will be paid for with ...

    July 22, 2014

  • Another brick in the Wal-Mart

    Norman could soon have five Wal-Mart stores, including three supercenters and two neighborhood markets. A proposal for the newest supercenter will come before the Norman City Council at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday via a request for a zoning change on ...

    July 20, 2014

  • Local group celebrates ruling

    A local group, Mothers of Many, expressed its elation with Friday’s 10th Circuit Court ruling striking down Oklahoma’s state ban on same-sex marriage....

    July 20, 2014

  • Leftover loss still hurting

    OKLAHOMA CITY — Cities, counties and school districts remain frozen out of a federal program that has sent millions of dollars worth of trenchers, trailers, semis, bulldozers, boats and forklifts and other equipment over the years....

    July 19, 2014

  • City and state briefs

    Transportation needs listed The White House released a new report this week from the Council of Economic Advisers and National Economic Council on the long-term economic benefits of transportation investment and why conditions in the ...

    July 17, 2014

  • Griffin Park 6 Proposal requests improving, expanding youth sports facilities

    Improving and expanding Norman’s youth sports facilities will generate revenue in tourism dollars, say advocates of Norman Forward, a grassroots initiative launched last week. The package proposed by Norman business leaders and community ...

    July 16, 2014 1 Photo

  • Norman sales tax slump not an indicator for FYE 2015

    Norman sales tax collections were disappointingly low this month, kicking off the new fiscal year below budget. The Oklahoma Tax Commission deposited $5,439,309 in sales tax receipts for Norman on July 9. The Public Safety Sales Tax ...

    July 11, 2014

  • Library tops city’s list of desired amenity

    Businessman Mike Fowler promised to lead Norman forward during his inaugural speech as the incoming Norman Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors chairman this year. Months before that declaration, however, Fowler and a group of Norman ...

    July 11, 2014