why are these special elections not consolidated into once a year when there is plenty of reason to go vote
what about all the wasted ballots printed and thrown away
look at all the waste in hiring election workers over and over and over again
most importantly – where was the public debate on why this ‘stuff’ was needed instead of reducing spending?
did I mention low voter turnout? (at my precinct out of about 3500 people I was number 111 about 5:30PM)
Come on people – we can do better than this! Did you know there will be a school bond election next month? Bet you will hear lots about that one! Can you see how the media manipulates the outcome by their silence and by what they promote? People who care about taxing and spending better get involved and organize their precincts. Let’s get these local elections consolidated too!
Oh and one more thing, let’s learn the difference between “it won’t make your taxes go up” and reducing spending obligations!
Well you are probably more informed than I am, but I just found out about it from an email from the Oklahoma Election Board (email received on July 4th):
============================================================== “Early Voting Begins! Early voting begins today for nine Oklahoma counties. Voters in Alfalfa, Canadian, Cleveland, Dewey, Kiowa, Oklahoma, Pottawatomie, Washington, and Woodward County will decide a number of propositions. Voters may vote by in-person absentee ballot Thursday, July 4 and Friday, July 5 from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. at their County Election Board.The State Election Board reminds voters that not everyone will have an election.
I recommend you subscribe to this publication so you won’t miss one of these secret tax/bond elections! I sure wish these types of elections had to be on a national election ballot so more people who actually pay the taxes could say no. Because the only way we get them to stop doing this is to say NO over and over again so there is incentive for government – local, state, and federal to live within their means. Oh well, that would be my 2 cents anyway.
So now you know there is an election – how do you find out what is on the ballot? I use this handy dandy online voter tool. Here’s the link (also given in the email above):
If you are registered to vote, simply provide your name and birthdate and you will see your registration information. Then you can click a link to view any upcoming election ballots.
Here is this one for Washington County – Special Election July 9th 2019:
I recommend a no vote if for no other reason than for lack of information on what all this entails and why we cannot do it on existing revenue if it is justified at all. When in doubt vote no. If you turn it down they will ask again in a slightly different format. So be prepared and stay alert!
All four propositions passed. However, Proposition 2 (which included Price Tower Park and Amphitheater) passed by a much thinner margin at a little over 66%; the other propositions passed by about 79%, 83% and 81% respectively. A voter turnout of 4,138 people made this decision for a city with a population of approximately 34,748. Bartlesville is in a declining population mode which means fewer people will be paying into the property tax base to cover these bonds. That is about 8% of the population voting in this special election.
Maybe we should eliminate special elections and have these matters on general election ballots so that more people would participate. Just a thought…
Yes, I am mad as a hornet and wanting all the representatives in Oklahoma to know it!
There is NO excuse for raising taxes when you have not dealt with waste and fraud and SWAG.
Really folks go back to the drawing board. Clean house first. Cut across the board if you need to do so. But at least make an effort to get your house in order before you come asking the taxpayer for more!
Now we have this ‘StepUp’ corporate money group wanting you to pay more while they still operate with tax credits. Well sure they do. You taxpayers gonna go for it?
Tell your representatives what you think – politely, but quickly. They will be voting this week on picking your pocket some more.