Understanding a complicated ballot on Election Day
|Updated: 11/05/2012 9:11 pm
||Published: 11/05/2012 8:48 pm
The ballot voters in Tulsa County will see on Tuesday is a big one and a complicated one. It's long because not only is this a Presidential Election, but there are two county propositions and six state questions. To make things a little easier, a voter can vote straight ticket. To do that, he or she only needs to fill in the box marked Republican or Democrat, but that only will take care of about a third of your ballot. If someone does not vote straight ticket, they will have to cast separate votes for President, United States House of Representatives, and state legislators. Tulsa County voters will see the Vision2 proposals. The first deals with economic development initiatives and the second deals with quality of life improvements. A person can vote yes or no for each proposal. They don't have to vote the same way for each. There are also a dozen judicial retention questions. These judges are not running against each other, instead you're voting on whether each judge should keep his or her position. There are three sections, judges in the Oklahoma Supreme Court, the Oklahoma Court of Criminal Appeals, and the Oklahoma Court of Civil Appeals. Finally, voters will decide on the state questions. For this election, there are six questions posed to voters. Each question comes with an explainer that details what voters would be voting for or against. Voters can mark either yes or no for each question. The questions deal with tax caps, affirmative action, the state parole board, the Oklahoma Water Resources Board, the Oklahoma Department of Human Services, and eliminating taxes on intangible property. It’s important to note, voters are not required to cast a vote for each race or question on the ballot.
To see a copy of the sample ballot in your Tulsa County precinct, click here: http://www.tulsacounty.org/Tulsacounty/TulsaCoHtml.aspx?Framesrc=nov6
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