Oklahoma elections: Fifth Democrat added to state's presidential primary

The contender's filing packet was delivered before Wednesday's filing deadline to the state Election Board's post office box instead of to the agency's state Capitol office.
BY MICHAEL MCNUTT mmcnutt@opubco.com Published: December 9, 2011
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A Florida Democrat will be on Oklahoma's presidential primary ballot next year after it was discovered his filing information and check had been sent to the wrong location.

Darcy Richardson called state Election Board officials Thursday asking why he was not listed as being on the Democratic Party presidential primary ballot March 6, state Election Board Secretary Paul Ziriax said.

Richardson, 56, told election officials that U.S. Postal Service notified him Wednesday that his packet containing his declaration of candidacy and a $2,500 cashiers check had been delivered before Wednesday's 5 p.m. filing deadline, Ziriax said.

An Election Board employee was sent Thursday to the agency's post office box several blocks away, Ziriax said.

“It was there and we confirmed with the postal officials at that post office that it had been delivered before 5 p.m. yesterday,” Ziriax said. “It was actually addressed to our Capitol office, but for some reason the Postal Service put it in our post office box instead of delivering it here.”

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