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Early voting Thursday-Friday in Tuesday’s special election for amendments to OKC Charter, ONG franchise agreement

Post Date:07/03/2019 8:30 AM

Early voting is 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday and Friday for Tuesday’s special election in Oklahoma City.

Early voting is at your local county election board:

All Oklahoma City voters registered by the June 14 deadline are eligible to cast a ballot in the election, which affects a proposed Oklahoma City Charter amendment and a change to the Oklahoma Natural Gas (ONG) franchise agreement.

Voters will consider the proposals as separate ballot items, and each requires a simple majority to pass. If the Charter amendment passes, the Governor of Oklahoma must also review and sign it for it to formally become law.

See a sample ballot here.

The proposed Charter amendment affects employment restrictions for Oklahoma City Council members. The proposed change to the ONG franchise agreement affects franchise fees ONG pays to the City.

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.

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, which is available at the polling station.

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

Employment restrictions

The proposed Charter amendment on employment restrictions would allow more state and federal government employees to serve on the City Council.

The amendment would keep restrictions for elected officials and senior government officers like state legislators and school superintendents, who can’t serve on the Council. But it would allow other state and federal government employees, like teachers and engineers, to be Council members.

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

ONG franchise agreement

The proposed change to the ONG franchise agreement clarifies the definition of gross cash receipts, which determine the franchise fees ONG pays to the City.

After negotiations, the City and ONG agreed the definition should include certain receipts the City had contended should already be included.

If the change is approved, ONG’s residential and commercial natural gas customers in Oklahoma City could see an increase in their gas bill of about 0.1 percent (10 cents on a $100 gas bill).

ONG would pay the City about $225,000 in additional annual franchise fees, an increase of about 4 percent. Franchise fees go into the City’s General Fund, which pays for day-to-day operations like police officer and firefighter salaries.

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

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