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Snow blamed for low election turnout in Oklahoma County, statewide

Election officials said traditionally low voter turnout for February school board elections was brought even lower Tuesday when snow blanketed much of the state.
BY ZEKE CAMPFIELD zcampfield@opubco.com Published: February 14, 2013
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That issue was rejected 593-471, though a second proposition — $600,000 for new buses — was approved by voters 646-428.

Turnout numbers for school board races are hard to compare with other years because not everyone in the county is eligible to vote in the races, Sanderson said. In some years, no races develop at all, he said.

Turnout also was down statewide, said Paul Ziriax, secretary of the state Election Board.

“But I think overall things went very well considering we were dealing with inclement weather in a large portion of the state,” Ziriax said. “We're very thankful that none of our poll workers or any voters we heard reports about were injured; that's always a danger when you have a regular election in the middle of February.”

Runoff elections in those cases where no candidate for school board received more than 50 percent of the vote — including in the Deer Creek district — are scheduled for April 2.