The Norman Transcript


October 28, 2010

Early voting begins Friday

NORMAN — Early, in-person absentee voting opens 8 a.m. Friday at the Cleveland County Election Board, 641 E. Robinson.

Voters can get the task done 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday and Monday and 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at the election board office. Tuesday, Cleveland County’s 89 polling places are open 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

“We’re always hoping for a good turnout, but if we judge it by what we’ve seen so far, we don’t expect a good turnout,” said Paula Roberts, Cleveland County Election Board secretary.

Roberts said the office phones are not ringing as they have in previous elections. And registration changes are fewer this year.

During the 2008 presidential election year, officials processed about 6,000 voter registration changes in October. This year, they’ve done about 1,200 changes.

Cleveland County has 144,433 registered voters. In 2006, another non-presidential year, 46 percent of those registered turned out. The 2008 presidential election brought a 70-percent turnout.

Statewide, there are more than 2 million registered voters, with about 56 percent of them casting ballots in 2008. In 2006, the turnout statewide was about 35 percent.

“We’re hoping for about 40 percent this year,” Roberts said. “It won’t be anything like the presidential election where we had lines downtown.”

Friday also will be the first test of a major election at the board’s new headquarters in the former county health department building on Robinson Street. The election board relocated from the courthouse during renovation into a county-owned former bank building downtown. That space is now used by the sheriff’s department.

“We’re a little nervous, but I think it will be OK,” she said.

Roberts said a two-person, bi-partisan absentee voting board will be on duty to assist each in-person voter.

“In-person absentee voters fill out an application form when they arrive at the office. They are not required to state a reason for voting in-person absentee,” she said. “They are required to swear that they have not voted a regular mail absentee ballot and that they will not vote at their polling places on election day.”

Text Only | Photo Reprints
  • Chamber Banquet During annual banquet, Chamber of Commerce promotes moving Norman forward

    Amidst the backdrop of music, dancing, dinner and fellowship, business leader Mike Fowler announced that the time for a quality-of-life initiative in Norman has come. As incoming Norman Chamber of Commerce board chairman, Fowler and ...

    April 18, 2014 1 Photo

  • Symposium speaker Paul Polik: Commerce can help and bring millions out of poverty

    How to harness the power of commerce to address social and environmental challenges in sustainable ways was the topic of discussion at the University of Oklahoma Center for the Creation of Economic Wealth’s fourth annual Social ...

    April 18, 2014

  • Amber waves turn gray as farms lose younger generation

    OKLAHOMA CITY — Jerry Pfeiffer was thrilled when his son, Kelsey, 25, announced plans to return to the family’s farm in Orlando....

    April 18, 2014

  • Postal retiree luncheon set

    A postal retiree luncheon will be 11:30 a.m. Monday at Golden Corral Buffet and Grill, 123 N. Interstate Drive in Norman. Diners will meet in the lobby. For more information, call Joyce Carle at 872-5157....

    April 18, 2014

  • Flapjack fundraiser set

    The Apple Gold Group, a franchisee of Applebee’s Neighborhood Grill and Bar, will partner with the Global Outreach Team at Go Church to host a Flapjack Fundraiser on April 26. Proceeds raised will be used by team members to purchase ...

    April 18, 2014

  • OU Hornsemble goes to the movies

    The OU Hornsemble will present a concert of music from the cinema at 6 p.m. April 27 in the Paul F. Sharp Concert Hall. Billed as “Movie-Time Music,” the ensemble will present a wide variety of cinematic music from the 1940s to the ...

    April 18, 2014

  • Judge asks pointed questions in gay marriage case

    DENVER — A judge in Colorado who will play a pivotal role deciding whether gays should be allowed to wed in the United States asked pointed questions Thursday about whether Oklahoma can legally ban the unions....

    April 18, 2014

  • Fallin disappointed SBAdenied loans

    OKLAHOMA CITY — Gov. Mary Fallin said Thursday she is disappointed that a federal agency denied a request for loans to businesses in two Oklahoma towns affected by an emergency bridge closure....

    April 18, 2014

  • Sudan: 12 die after mob attacks UN base

    JUBA, South Sudan — An angry mob of South Sudanese youths attacked a U.N. base on Thursday to harm members of an ethnic minority sheltering inside. Peacekeepers were forced to open fire, amid rampaging violence that killed at least 12 ...

    April 18, 2014

  • Woman bound over for trial

    A Slaughterville woman facing a manslaughter charge after the death of an 8-year-old child was bound over for trial this week after a preliminary hearing in Cleveland County District Court. Kimberly Dawn Wenthold, 29, was charged in ...

    April 18, 2014