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October 29, 2012

Early-bird voters

Election Board gearing up for 5,000 ballots

CLAREMORE — The Rogers County Election Board is preparing for early voters as Friday marks the kick off of the General Election. 

Voting will take place from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Friday, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday and 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Monday.
“In the past we have had about 3,200 early voters,” said Election Board Secretary Julie Dermody. “We are gearing up for up to 5,000.”
The Election Board office, located at 415 West 1st Street in Claremore, is the only early voting location that will be open for those dates.
The General Election will be from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Nov. 6.
Officials are preparing for voters that will decide the winner for Oklahoma’s 2nd Congressional District. 
Republican Markwayne Mullin, Democrat Rob Wallace and Independent Michael Fulks will be facing off for the seat of Dan Boren.
Local candidates Republican Kim Henry and Democrat Candi Czpansky will be vying for Rogers County Court Clerk. 
The Presidential election may be the biggest draw for voters as President Barrack Obama looks to gain another term over Republican challenger Mitt Romney.
A number of judges are also listed on the ballot and voters are encouraged to “do their homework” by Dermody.
Additionally, six state questions will be listed on the ballot.
Of the six, two deal with taxes, two are administrative in nature and one addresses affirmative action.
State Questions 758, 759, 762, 764, 765 and 766 include a bit of length and voters should come prepared, according to Julie Dermody, Rogers County Election Board Secretary.
SQ 758 amends the state constitution and deals with ad valorem or property tax. 
Property tax is based on several factors including the fair cash value of a property. 
This measure would change the limit on fair cash value increases. 
SQ 766 also deals with taxes; it exempts some personal property from being included in property taxation.

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