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Democratic former Oklahoma County commissioner selected to serve on state Election Board

Jim Roth will be one of three members to serve on the panel. Two alternates also will serve based on legislation passed and approved this year.
BY MICHAEL MCNUTT Published: September 15, 2011

Gov. Mary Fallin on Wednesday named Jim Roth, selected by her Democratic predecessor to fill a vacancy on the state Corporation Commission, to serve on the state Election Board.

Roth was one of three members and two alternates named to the agency that handles state elections and oversees the state's 77 county election boards. In addition to Roth, Fallin reappointed Thomas Prince and named Steve Curry to the three-member board.

Legislation passed and approved this year added two additional alternate members. The alternates represent each political party and may fill in at meetings when a member of their same party is unable to attend.

Fallin named Jerry Buchanan, a Republican, and Tim Mauldin, a Democrat, as alternates. They along with Curry and Prince, both Republicans, and Roth, a Democrat, need Senate confirmation. They will serve four-year terms.

Fallin, a Republican, is required under the new law, Senate Bill 931, which took effect last month, to name at least one Democrat and a Democratic alternate to the board. Previously, the governor was required to name two members from the political party with the most members in the state.

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