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Request absentee ballot by Aug. 22 to vote by mail in Ward 7 Oklahoma City Council special election on Aug. 28

Post Date:08/15/2018 8:30 AM

The deadline is Aug. 22 to request an absentee ballot to vote by mail in the Aug. 28 primary special election for the Oklahoma City Council seat in Ward 7.

Apply for an absentee ballot or download an absentee ballot request form at

Overseas voters, including military members, can get more information about overseas absentee voting at

The candidates in the primary special election, listed in the order in which they will appear on the ballot, are:

  • Ed Alexander
  • John Albert Pettis
  • Kirk Pankratz
  • Leslie Johnson III
  • Nikki Nice
  • Chris Harrison
  • Lisa Butler
  • Margaret Walsh

Click here to see a sample ballot.

The winner will serve the remainder of the four-year term for the seat, which was vacated when the previous Council representative from Ward 7 resigned. The term ends in April 2021.

The seat is currently held by Councilman Lee E. Cooper Jr., who the Council appointed June 5 to fill the vacancy until the special election.

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

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 information

All Ward 7 voters who were registered by the Aug. 3 deadline are eligible to vote in the Aug. 28 primary special election. See a Ward map at

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

Voters who have disabilities can find more information about voter assistance in Oklahoma at

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.

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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