District gets new judge
Gov. Mary Fallin on Wednesday named McCurtain County Associate District Judge Michael DeBerry district judge for the 17th Judicial District, which covers McCurtain, Choctaw and Pushmataha counties. He replaces Willard Driesel, who died in December. DeBerry, of Idabel, previously served as assistant district attorney, Idabel municipal judge and as an attorney in private practice. DeBerry, 68, a lifelong resident of McCurtain County, was recognized in 2011 as an outstanding Oklahoma elected official for his work with child abuse prevention. DeBerry received a bachelor's degree in agricultural economics from Oklahoma State University and a law degree from the University of Oklahoma. He and his wife, Linda, have two children.
Voters urged to check registry
Oklahoma voters are being urged to check with the state Election Board to ensure that their voter registration information on file is correct and up to date. The voter registration deadline is Oct. 12. State Election Board Secretary Paul Ziriax said it's also a good time for voters who have not voted in an election this year to make sure their polling place did not change from past elections. Precinct assignments changed for thousands of voters after the 2011 redistricting process. Voters with Internet access can use the Polling Place Locator on the Election Board's website — www.elections.ok.gov — to obtain their basic voter registration information by entering their last name, birth date and the ZIP code at the address where they are registered to vote. Voters without Internet access or who have questions should call their county election board directly.
Group mobilizes area voters
Oklahoma County residents are being asked to meet the Saturday before Election Day in northeast Oklahoma City to march together to the Oklahoma County Election Board to cast their general election ballots. “United We Stand” is a diverse, nonpartisan voter mobilization event. Any qualified Oklahoma County voter is encouraged to join the coalition. Participants will gather at 9 a.m. Nov. 3 at the Greater Mount Olive Baptist Church, 1020 NE 42, for a short program, then walk together for about a half-mile west on NE 42 to the Oklahoma County Election Board, 4201 N Lincoln Blvd., to cast their ballots. Transportation will be provided from the church to the election board for those unable to walk the distance. To vote in the Nov. 6 general election, Oklahoma voters must be registered by Oct. 12.
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