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Candidate filing is Dec. 3-5 for Feb. 12 OKC Council election in Wards 2, 5, 6 and 8

Post Date:10/09/2018 12:10 PM

Candidates may file Dec. 3-5 to run for the Oklahoma City Council seats in Wards 2, 5, 6 and 8, with voting in the primary election set for Feb. 12.

The nonpartisan election will decide who represents those Wards on the Council for the next four-year term, which ends in April 2023. See a Ward map at okc.gov/WardMap.

How the election proceeds in each Ward depends on the number of candidates:

  • If only one qualified candidate files to run, that candidate is automatically elected to office.
  • If two qualified candidates file to run, the winner of the primary election on Feb. 12 is elected to office.
  • If three or more qualified candidates file to run, the primary election on Feb. 12 determines whether a runoff on April 2 is necessary.
    • If a candidate earns more than half of the votes on Feb. 12, he or she is elected to office. No runoff is necessary.
    • If no candidate earns more than half of the votes on Feb. 12, the two candidates with the most votes advance to the April 2 runoff. The runoff winner is elected to office.

The City Council has nine members: the Mayor, who is elected citywide, and one member from each of Oklahoma City’s eight Wards. They serve part-time at the head of the City’s Council-Manager form of government. The Mayor’s annual salary is $24,000, and each Council member’s annual salary is $12,000.

Voting information

All voters in Wards 2, 5, 6, and 8 are eligible to vote in the Feb. 12 primary election. See a Ward map at okc.gov/WardMap.

To check or update your registration status, visit the Oklahoma State Election Board’s website at ok.gov/elections. Find your polling place on your voter ID card or use the online voter tool.

The deadline to register to vote in the election is Jan. 18. 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 election is 5 p.m. Feb. 6. 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 election is 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Feb. 7-8 at your local county election board:

Regular voting is 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Feb. 12 at your usual polling location.

Candidate information

Candidates for Oklahoma City Council must be:

  • a U.S. citizen.
  • at least 21 years old.
  • a resident of, and registered voter in, the Ward in which they are running for at least six months before filing as a candidate.

Candidates must submit a written declaration of candidacy, along with how the candidate wants his or her name to 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 election or advances to the general election.

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.

Candidates may call the City Clerk at (405) 297-2397 or visit the election page on okc.gov for details.

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

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