Author: Dennis Hurst

Upcoming Election Update!

Hi everyone! Sorry for the hiatus, we had technical difficulties with our blog so we haven’t been able to post. With those fixed, we can get back to business!

On Tuesday, February 14 we will be having Primary Elections for the Oklahoma Board of Education, as well as Special Elections in counties all across Oklahoma. Polls will be open from 7:00 am to 7:00 pm on election day, and you can find your polling place and a sample ballot by logging into the OK Voter Portal. Additional information can be found on the OK Voter Portal, and if you have any questions please contact your county election board. Happy voting!

Updates Regarding the January 10 Election

2023 is finally upon us and with that comes another round of elections.

18 counties across Oklahoma will be holding elections on Tuesday, January 10. A list of elections by county can be found here.

In addition, early voting locations for these elections open tomorrow, Thursday, January 5 and Friday, January 6. Early voting locations will be open from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., and a list of these locations can be found here.

Happy voting!

Post-Election Audits Available

Post-election audits for the August 23 Runoff Primary Election and November 8 General Election are now available on the Oklahoma State Election Board Website. Forty three counties were selected to audit the Runoff Primary, while all seventy seven counties audited the General Election.

To view the audits, as well as summaries of all candidate-requested recounts, please visit the Oklahoma State Election Board’s website.

Original post courtesy of the Oklahoma State Election Board.

Senate Midterms Officially Over!

With Georgia’s runoff election ending with a victory for Senator Raphael Warnock (AP, 2022), the midterm Senate elections are officially done. Official results show an even split between political parties, with 49 Democratic Senators, 49 GOP Senators, and 2 independent Senators elected.

The House midterms are still ongoing, with votes being counted in Colorado. To keep up with national election updates, you can visit the Associated Press website or view Google’s election map, which draws data from the Associated Press. The Center for Civic Engagement will also provide an update once the House election is called.

Oklahoma Voting Updates

Voter registration statistics for November 2022 and previous months are now available on the Oklahoma State Election Board’s website here.

In addition, absentee ballots for the January 10th election are now available on the Ok Voter Portal. 18 counties are having election on the day, and you can find the election list here.

For more information on the the January 10th election, or if you have any concerns regarding your voting status please contact the State Election Board at (405) 521-2391 or info@elections.ok.gov.

Post-Election Audits of the Oklahoma Elections

Secretary of the Sate Election Board Paul Ziriax has announced that the county election boards will conduct post-election audits of the November 8 General Election and August 28 Runoff Primary today, Tuesday, November 29th and Wednesday, November 30th. These audits are open to the public. To learn about the time and location of audits to attend them, please contact the county election board.

The post-election audits will involve a manual re-examination of the ballots by authorized election officials, and results of the audit will be posted on the Oklahoma State Election Board website once they are completed.

For more information regarding the post-election audit process, please visit the OK State Election Board website linked above.

Issues Affecting Oklahoma

Materials from the Oklahoma Census show that although the poverty rate in Oklahoma has declined over the last ten years we still lag behind the national poverty rate, with an estimated 1 in 10 Oklahomans currently living in poverty. To learn more about this issue, possible solutions, and how the pandemic has affected the implementation of solutions, you can visit this article by the Oklahoma Policy Institute.

Evaluating Media Bias

Media bias and reliability have become major concerns for people today, and it can be difficult to verify whether or not the news we read is colored by bias or inaccuracies. Fortunately, the Ad Fontes Media group has examined many of the most well known news sources and ranked them in terms of their factual accuracy and bias, creating an interactive chart for you to view and verify any news sources that you come across. To view the chart, please visit their interactive media bias chart here on their website.