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Oklahoma elections: State voters to decide runoffs, special elections

There are primary runoff races across Oklahoma on Tuesday for eight state legislative seats and one congressional seat.
BY MEGAN ROLLAND Published: August 27, 2012

Voters across the state can head to the polls from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. to select a variety of candidates in state and county runoff elections and a handful of special local issues like school bonds and city sales taxes.

Many of the contests are the runoff elections from the June primaries in races where no candidate received the required majority of the vote to be declared a winner. The top two candidates in the primary are now in a runoff.

There are primary runoff races across the state Tuesday for eight state legislative seats and one congressional seat.

In all but four of those races, the winner will go on to face an opponent from the opposite party in November.

The tight race for the 2nd congressional district, which doesn't have an incumbent running, attracted 10 candidates. Both the Democratic and the Republican primary went to a runoff, and the winners will face each other and an independent in November.

The only Oklahoma County runoff is for court clerk between Tim Rhodes and Charles Key, and voters in Del City and Norman will consider a sales tax renewal and a bond issue respectively.

Election process

In January, the state Election Board implemented a $16.7 million election system across the state. The system still uses paper ballots but now uses new scanners to tabulate each vote electronically onto a flash drive.

The rollout has been fairly smooth with the exception of a human error in a special legislative election in April in Tulsa County that allowed two voters to cast two ballots.

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