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Candidate filing is Dec. 3-5 for Feb. 12 OKC Council election in Wards 2, 5, 6 and 8
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.
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.
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.
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 election is 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Feb. 7-8 at your local county election board:
- Oklahoma County Election Board, 4201 N Lincoln Blvd., (405) 713-1515
- Cleveland County Election Board, 641 E Robinson Street, Suite 200 in Norman, (405) 366-0210
Regular voting is 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Feb. 12 at your usual polling location.
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.
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