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Oklahoma Capitol briefs, Aug. 24

Oklahoma Capitol briefs, Aug. 24
Modified: August 23, 2012 at 6:44 pm •  Published: August 24, 2012

Capitol briefs

Early voting begins Friday

Early voting for Tuesday's primary runoff begins Friday at county election boards. Registered voters who want to avoid lines or will be out of town for the election can vote in person by absentee ballot Friday, Saturday or Monday. Voters taking advantage of in-person absentee voting must cast ballots at the county election board from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, or 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday. There is not a statewide runoff race for either political party. Election officials suggest voters contact their county election boards before voting to make sure an election is scheduled in their precinct. Runoff elections for federal, state or county offices will occur in 41 of the state's 77 counties, and 19 counties will have only local elections on the ballot. Oklahoma has a closed primary election system, meaning only registered voters of a political party can vote in the runoff primary election.

Governor invites kids to mansion

Septemberfest, a free family event, is scheduled from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sept. 8 at the Governor's Mansion, 820 NE 23. Activities also take place across the street at the Oklahoma History Center. “An Oklahoma fall favorite, Septemberfest is a great way to spend time with the whole family,” said Gov. Mary Fallin, who hosts the event with first gentleman Wade Christensen. Sponsored by Friends of the Mansion, Septemberfest is a celebration of all things Oklahoma, including arts, children's activities, interactive exhibits, live entertainment and storytelling. Among the attractions are historic re-enactments, agricultural activities and a wide range of Oklahoma performers. Tours will be offered. For more information, visit the event Facebook page, or call Friends of the Mansion at 557-0198 or email

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