McAlester News-Capital, McAlester, OK

October 18, 2013

Deadline to register for Nov. 12 election for District 3 commissioner; Crowder school bond issue

By James Beaty
Senior Editor

McALESTER — Tonight at midnight, Oct. 18, is the deadline to apply for voter registration in time for the Nov. 12 Special Election to select a new District 3 Pittsburg County commissioner.

Also, tonight at midnight is the deadline to register in time to vote in the $560,000 Crowder Public Schools bond issue, which will also be on the Nov. 12 ballot.

In the District 3 race, Democratic candidate Trent Myers and Republican candidate Miles Cathey will face each other to determine who will become the district’s new Pittsburg County commissioner.

Myers topped a seven candidate field in the Oct. 8 Democratic Primary and Cathey won the two-candidate GOP race, earning them the right to face each other in November.

Unlike the primary election, when only registered Democratic voters in District 3 could vote for the Democratic candidates, and only registered Republicans in District 3 could cast ballots in the GOP race, District 3 voters will be able to cross party lines in November’s General Election. Also, registered Independents in District 3, who did not have a candidate for whom they could vote during the primary, can vote for either the Republican or Democratic candidates in November.

The school bond election in the Crowder School District is non-partisan, open to any qualified, registered voters in the school district.

Anyone who is a U.S. citizen, an Oklahoma resident and is at least 18 can register to vote, said Pittsburg County Election Board Secretary Cathy Thornton.

That includes individuals who have never previously been registered to vote. Other voters may be currently registered, but not at their current address, so they would need to change their voter registration, according to election officials. Also, some voters may have a name change as the result of a marriage, for example.

Those who need to register for the first time or those who  need to change their voter registration may apply by completing and mailing an Oklahoma Voter Registration application form, which must be postmarked  no later than midnight tonight.

Any applications postmarked after that time will still be accepted and processed, but will not be approved until after the Nov. 12 election, Thornton said.

The Pittsburg County Election Board will give a written response to all voter applications, she said. It will be either in the form of a Voter Identification Card with the voter’s precinct number and polling place location, or a letter that explains the reason or reasons the application for voter registration was not approved.

Anyone who has submitted a voter registration application and who has not received a response within 30 days should contact the Pittsburg County Election Board office, Thornton said.

Oklahoma Voter Registration Application forms are available at the Pittsburg County Election Board office  at 109 E. Carl Albert Parkway, Room 101. The office closes at 5 p.m.

Voter Registration Application forms are also available at most post offices, tag agencies, and public libraries in the county, Thornton said. Applications also are available on the Internet at www.elections.ok.gov.

For additional information contact the Pittsburg County Election Board office at 918-423-3877.

Contact James Beaty at jbeaty@mcalesternews.com.