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Register by Aug. 18 to vote in Better Streets, Safer City special election Sept. 12
For those not already registered, eligible Oklahoma City residents have until Aug. 18 to register to vote on the Better Streets, Safer City special election on Sept. 12.
U.S. citizens who are at least 18 years old and live in Oklahoma City are eligible to register and vote in the election.
All Oklahoma City voters with current, valid voter registration are already eligible. Voters registered in other cities who have since moved to Oklahoma City must change their registration before the Aug. 18 deadline.
Visit the Oklahoma State Election Board website’s voter registration page for details and to download an application.
Registered voters may apply for absentee ballots online or download an absentee ballot request form on the election board’s absentee voting page. There are special instructions for members of the armed services deployed abroad and their spouses and dependents, and for other voters living abroad.
Early voting is 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sept. 7-8 at the county election board in the county where you’re registered.
Regular voting is 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sept. 12. Find your polling location here.
For early or regular voting, state law requires voters to have their voter I.D. card or a state-, federal- or tribal-issued photo I.D. like a driver’s license or passport. Voters without I.D. can sign an affidavit affirming their identity to cast a provisional ballot.
About the election
The Oklahoma City Council voted to call a special election Sept. 12 for voters to consider investing more than $1.2 billion in critical infrastructure like streets and sidewalks, including an annual $26 million boost for public safety and other day-to-day operations.
The Council approved three proposals to present to voters:
- A 10-year, $967 million bond package to invest in streets, police and fire facilities, parks and other basic needs. The bond package would succeed the almost-complete 2007 bond program.
- A temporary, 27-month continuation of the expiring MAPS 3 penny sales tax to fund $240 million for street resurfacing, streetscapes, trails, sidewalks and bicycle infrastructure.
- A permanent ¼ cent sales tax to fund $26 million annually in police services, fire protection and other critical services.
The proposals will be presented on the ballot separately: One item for the ¼ cent permanent sales tax, one item for the temporary penny sales tax, and one item for each of the 13 bond propositions.
If voters approve the permanent ¼ cent sales tax, it would be the first increase in the permanent general operations sales tax rate since voters approved a 1-cent raise in 1976.
If voters approve the temporary penny sales tax, it would continue the use of the same penny previously approved as part of the MAPS program.
The average sales tax rate of 16 mills will remain the same as it has since the 1980s.
Read more about the proposals at okc.gov/bettersafer.
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