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Council seeks applicants for interim Ward 7 appointment, calls Aug. 28 special election

Post Date:05/22/2018 10:46 AM

The Oklahoma City Council voted Tuesday to seek applicants for an interim representative for the vacated Ward 7 Council seat, and to call a special election on Aug. 28 for voters to select the permanent replacement.                       

The current Council member in Ward 7 vacated the seat by resigning effective May 31.

The Oklahoma City Charter requires the Council to make an interim appointment and call the election, and to take both actions within 30 days of the resignation’s effective date.

Interim appointment applications

The Council is asking for applications from people interested in serving as the interim Ward 7 representative, who will serve until voters select someone to finish the rest of the current four-year term.

Applications are available beginning at 8 a.m. May 23 at okc.gov/ward7 or at the City Clerk’s Office on the second floor of City Hall, 200 N Walker Ave.

The application deadline is 5 p.m. May 29.

Applicants must meet the same legal requirements as a candidate for election and include a one-page letter expressing why they want to serve.

Call (405) 297-2391 or email cityclerk@okc.gov for details.

Special election information

The candidate filing period is June 13-15 for the Aug. 28 primary special election. If only one qualifying candidate files to run, that candidate is automatically elected to office.

If a candidate earns a majority of the votes on Aug. 28, he or she wins the seat. Otherwise, the two candidates with the most votes will stand in a decisive runoff Nov. 6.

The winner will serve until the current Ward 7 term ends in April 2021.

Qualifying candidates must be:

  • a U.S. citizen;
  • at least 21 years old;
  • a qualified Oklahoma City voter;
  • a resident of Oklahoma City or an area that has been annexed by Oklahoma City for at least three years before the election date;
  • a resident of Ward 7 for at least six months;
  • and a registered voter at an address within Ward 7 for at least six months before filing a declaration of candidacy.

See a Ward map at okc.gov/wardmap.

Candidates must submit a written declaration of candidacy, and state how their name will appear on the ballot.

Candidates must include a cashier’s or certified check for $200, or a petition supporting the filing signed by at least 500 registered voters eligible to vote for the candidate. The check will be returned if the candidate is unopposed, receives more than 15 percent of the votes cast in the primary special election or advances to the runoff.

Candidates must file their declaration of candidacy and check or petition to the Oklahoma County Election Board, 4201 N Lincoln Blvd., Oklahoma City, OK 73105-5210, (405) 713-1515.

The Oklahoma City Council has nine members: the Mayor, who is elected citywide, and one member representing each of Oklahoma City’s eight Wards.

The Council is nonpartisan and members serve part-time at the head of the City’s Council-Manager form of government. The Mayor’s annual salary is $24,000, and Council members’ annual salary is $12,000.

Voting and registration information

All Ward 7 voters registered by Aug. 3 are eligible to vote in the Aug. 28 primary special election.

Use your voter ID card or the Oklahoma State Election Board’s online voter tool at ok.gov/elections to find your polling location or confirm your registration.

You can download a voter registration form at ok.gov/elections. They’re also available at your local county election board, post offices, tag agencies, libraries and other public locations.

Voters who have disabilities can find more information about voter assistance in Oklahoma at ok.gov/elections.

State law requires proof of identity to vote. Acceptable forms of ID are a voter ID card, driver’s license or another form of ID issued by the federal government, state government or federally recognized tribal government. Voters may also cast a provisional ballot by proving their identity with a signed, sworn affidavit.

The deadline to request an absentee ballot for the primary special election is 5 p.m. Aug. 22. Apply for an absentee ballot or download an absentee ballot request form at ok.gov/elections.

Overseas voters, including military members, can get more information about overseas absentee voting at ok.gov/elections.

Early voting for the primary special election is 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Aug. 23-24 and 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Aug. 25 at the Oklahoma County Election Board, 4201 N Lincoln Blvd., (405) 713-1515.

Regular voting is 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Aug. 28 at your usual polling location.

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Media Contact
Kristy Yager
(405) 297-2550 / (405) 863-2831
kristy.yager@okc.gov

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