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October 17, 2013

Friday is last day to register to vote in Nov. 12 elections

Norman will consider wastewater rate increase

NORMAN — Voters in the McCloud School District recently learned how important a single vote can be. A lone vote cast in a precinct in Cleveland County could have caused a school bond issue to fail, according to election board officials.

The ballot in question was cast as a provisional ballot because precinct officials were unable to find the voter’s name on the roll. When that happens, the voter fills out a provisional ballot, the voter registration is researched and, if legitimate, the vote counts.

In this case, a “no” vote could have affected the margin the initiative needed to pass, said Jim Williams, Cleveland County Election Board secretary.

The “yes” vote guaranteed the proposal’s success, and the bond passed by the required margin.

Even in a larger election, every vote can be important. Norman city leaders are hoping for a strong turnout in the upcoming Nov. 12 election, when Norman residents will consider an initiative to increase the city’s sewer rate.

In a press release issued this week, Williams said 51 precincts in Cleveland County are affected by special elections Nov. 12. In addition to Norman, the city of Lexington and Mustang Public Schools also have special elections on that date.

Friday is the last day to register to vote in any of the Nov. 12 elections, Williams said.

Oklahoma Voter Registration Application forms are available at the Cleveland County Election Board Office, 641 E. Robinson St. in Norman, and at all tag agencies, post offices and public libraries throughout the county.

· Norman ballot initiative — Norman voters will be asked to approve a wastewater rate increase Nov. 12 to help pay for $63 million in upgrades at the city’s southside sewer plant. If the proposed rate increase is approved, the average water user’s bill will go up about $3.74 a month. Average commercial rates will go up by $7.39 per month. Sewer rates have not risen since 1996.

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