Oklahoma's special state Senate election results approved

The senator-elect is to take her oath of office Wednesday. Meanwhile, a recount is scheduled Wednesday for last week's special state House election. The winner of that race could be sworn into office next week.
BY MICHAEL MCNUTT mmcnutt@opubco.com Published: April 11, 2012
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The newest member of the state Senate will be sworn into office on Wednesday.

Tuesday evening, the state Election Board approved the results of last week's special Senate District 20 election, in which Ann “A.J.” Griffin won 79 percent of the vote.

Griffin, a Republican, got 3,051 votes, or 79.1 percent of the ballots cast. The Democrat, the Rev. Magnus Scott Sr., got 807 votes, or 20.9 percent.

Griffin, of Guthrie, picked up two more votes when two provisional ballots cast in Logan County were added to her total, Election Board Secretary Paul Ziriax said.

Provisional ballots are cast by voters without the required identification; they sign a sworn statement and cast a provisional ballot, which, if it is determined they are registered to vote in that precinct, is included in the final election tally.

Griffin will be sworn into office at 9 a.m. Wednesday in the Senate chamber. She will succeed David Myers, a Republican from Ponca City, who died in November. The Senate District 20 seat was reconfigured last year as part of the legislative redistricting process and encompasses a different area.

The new Senate District 20 covers Logan, Noble and Pawnee counties and parts of Kingfisher County; it used to cover Grant and Kay counties.

Election Board members could take no action on the special House District 71 election in Tulsa, which also was last week.

Republican Katie Henke, who lost by three votes, is seeking a recount.

A recount is to get under way Wednesday in Tulsa County District Court. Ziriax said the recount should be finished by day's end.

Unofficial election results show Democrat Dan Arthrell getting 1,418 votes and Henke getting 1,415 votes.