The Norman Transcript

Government

December 1, 2012

Judge to rule Tuesday on House District 45 election

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NORMAN —

Pretty was questioned about the absentee ballots cast by Jamie and Danny Jennings. In her testimony on Nov. 20, Jamie Jennings said she and her husband live in House District 44 and that she believes they were sent the wrong ballots.

Danny Jennings was looked up in the system and Pretty walked the court through the process.

Pretty said it has happened in the past that voters have gotten the wrong absentee ballots because of human error. Pretty has worked at the Cleveland County Election Board full time since 1999, when Paula Roberts was election board secretary.

“Usually they call and tell us if they realize they’ve gotten the wrong ballot,” Pretty said.

Bledsoe asked what voters are told if they call about voting at a previous polling place.

“I was taught when I first started working at the election board that a voter could return to their precinct where they were voting previously and they could vote once,” Pretty said.

She said voters should also be told to change their voter registration at that time to reflect the address change.

Pretty said voting officials are not trained to look at the voter address on ID.

“We do not look at the address, just the ID photo and expiration date,” Pretty said.

Bledsoe questioned Pretty on the “Secretary’s Digest.”

“It’s our bible,” Pretty said and described the document as a guideline to election procedures and state election laws.

One of Bledsoe’s allegations regarded notaries who had notarized absentee ballots. He produced evidence that some notaries had let their certifications expire. He also presented other miner clerical discrepancies on the affidavits.

In those cases, it is unknown who those persons voted for in the election or if they voted for either candidate in House District 45.

At one point in the proceedings, Bledsoe asked that the judge disqualify herself on the basis that she had violated their civil rights. Attorneys argued their various viewpoints in sidebar without making the details public.

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