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November 6, 2011

$3M bond issue, charter amendment on Tuesday ballot

NORMAN — A Norman special election on a $3 million animal shelter expansion and renovation and a charter amendment that ensures 45 days of absentee voting will resume Monday with in-person absentee balloting and Tuesday with voting at precinct polls.

In-person absentee voting will last from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday at the Cleveland County Election Board, 641 E. Robinson St., Suite 200.

Precinct polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday. Election Board Secretary Jim Williams reminds voters to bring their voter identification card or another official form of ID to conform with the new voter identification law.

Norman voters will decide whether to authorize a $3.035 million bond issue to pay for adding 10,000 square feet to the animal shelter and renovating the facility’s 5,000 or so square feet.

Supporters say the current facility, which holds up to 55 dogs and 25 cats, is already too small for Norman and that the city’s animal population is expected to grow by more than 30 percent over the next 20 years.

The building and cage layout also don’t meet current standards for curtailing disease.

The general obligation bond, though, would add about 93 cents per month — $11.21 per year — to property taxes on a home with a market value of $100,000.

The proposed charter amendment would ensure 45 days for the returning of mailed absentee ballots.

A city of Norman brochure on the Tuesday special election states that increasing the absentee voting time frame will give citizens the “opportunity to receive and return their ballot without the possible complication of mail delays outside of the voter’s control.”

The added time would apply to all voters, though the ballot measure came about from the federal Military Overseas Voter Empowerment Act of 2009 and the Let the Troops Vote Act passed this year by the state Legislature.

For more voting information, call the Cleveland County Election Board at 366-0210 or visit www.clevelandcountyelectionboard.com.

For information on the ballot or proposals, visit www.normanok. gov.

James S. Tyree 366-3541 jtyree@normanranscript.com

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