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Oklahoma ballot issues Tuesday include two legislative seats, millions of dollars in local school bond elections

Polls open at 7 a.m. Tuesday and close at 7 p.m. with a variety of issues across Oklahoma, including special elections for Senate District 20 and House District 71 and millions of dollars in local school board proposals.
BY MEGAN ROLLAND Published: April 3, 2012

Elections Tuesday will put a new state senator and representative in office, decide hundreds of millions of dollars in bond issues and elect local officials for city councils and school boards.

Voters in state House District 71 — south Tulsa along the east bank of the Arkansas River — will decide who should take the seat left vacant by Rep. Dan Sullivan, R-Tulsa, when he resigned.

In Pawnee, Noble, Logan counties and most of Kingfisher County, voters will elect a senator to fill Senate District 20, which was left vacant when former Sen. David Myers, R-Ponca City, died Nov. 11.

Both special elections will be the only item on the ballot for the vast majority of voters in the districts. It could be a small turnout for a state race, some candidates fear.

Polls open Tuesday at 7 a.m. and close at 7 p.m. Voters must bring a valid form of identification, such as an unexpired Oklahoma driver's license or voter registration card.

Precincts can be found at by clicking on the “Polling Place Locator” in the lower right-hand corner of the website.

Mustang schools

Residents in the Mustang School District will consider nearly $100 million in bond issues that would be used to build a new elementary school and two new centers for fifth and sixth grades, and to renovate three gymnasiums.

Mary Leaver, Mustang Schools spokeswoman, reminded residents within the school district that they can vote on the issue even if they live outside the city limits.

“We've been very fortunate in Mustang for the past few years; we've had quite a bit of support for our bond issues,” Leaver said. “Of course, we never want to take anything for granted.”

She said she hopes the city of Mustang's mayoral race also will help bring voters to the polls.

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