How many people decided your taxes would not go down in Washington County’s Secret Election July 9th?

Here’s the results:

Here’s a link to this graphic from the Oklahoma State Election Board:

https://results.okelections.us/OKER/?elecDate=20190709

I have several problems with this results:

  • few people even knew about this election
  • it was scheduled when many people are on vacation
  • 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!

Sandra Crosnoe for Finding Gems & Sharing Them

Is Washington County Having a Secret Election – July 9th?

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):

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“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.

If there is an election in your precinct, you will find a sample ballot using our Online Voter Tool at: https://www.ok.gov/elections/Voter_Info/Online_Voter_Tool/.

For a complete list of elections, go to: https://www.ok.gov/elections/Election_Info/Upcoming_Elections/index.html.Oklahoma law requires voters to provide proof of identity when voting.

Learn more  at: https://www.ok.gov/elections/Voter_Info/Proof_of_Identity/index.html.Questions? Please contact your County Election Board or State Election Board Public Information Officer, Misha Mohr at: mmohr@elections.ok.gov or by phone at (405) 522-6624.

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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):

https://www.ok.gov/elections/Voter_Info/Online_Voter_Tool/

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!

SampleBallotPDF.aspx

(link to a pdf version of sample ballot)

Sandra Crosnoe via Finding Gems & Sharing Them

Sample Ballot for Washington County OK – General Election 2018 – Vote Nov 6th

Early voting dates here.

If you need a sample ballot for Washington County, here is a copy (in pdf downloadable format):

SampleBallot – GENERAL ELECTION November 06 2018 for WASHINGTON COUNTY – OK

If you are in another area here is an online voter tool to see yours (you will have to provide your name and birthdate).

As you can see the graphics are too small to see well here so you will need to download the pdf file to study closely.  In general, I plan to vote Republican, but cannot in good conscience vote for Leslie Osborne, Joy Hoffmeister, or Glen Mulready.  I don’t support people who vote to raise taxes and fail to work to live within our/their means.  I will leave these places blank and hope the Republicans nominate better people in the future.  I don’t see the Democrats doing any better (sadly) and can find no information on the Independents on the ballot.

Judicial Retention

I plan at this point to vote No on all the judicial retentions for their failure to stand for life and their support of fees / taxes on the people.  See this article on topic.

State Questions

I will also be voting to turn down all the state questions on this ballot.  I considered writing a detail explanation on all of them.  However, you need to study them on your own and make your own decisions.  Here is a brief summary of why I am a NO on each one:

SQ793 (eye care in retail mercantile establishment) seems to rather obscurely include more licensing/requirements and was the only one I briefly considered voting for since in one respect it seems to “open up” new markets, but at the same time it adds constraints on the market that I would rather not see. [More info on this one here via Batesline taking no side on the question]

SQ794 (also known as Marsy’s law) this question on the surface might sound good to you however, it was proposed by a fellow in California (enough said?) and looks to me like it will add judicial overhead to do something already being done well.  The most egregious line in the whole thing says “Victims would no longer have a constitutional right to know the defendant’s location…” [More info on this one here via Batesline taking a pro side on the question]

SQ798 (Governor and Lt Gov combined ballot) consolidation of power is NEVER a good idea.

SQ800 (creating a new trust fund) NOT ANOTHER ONE

SQ801 (expanding permissible use of ad valorem tax revenue) since they are already misspending what they have, I certainly wouldn’t give them more ways to misspend what they have so we the taxpayers can continue to bail them out.

Bartlesville City Council

I don’t know the candidates in Ward 2.

If I lived in Ward 4, I’d be pleased to vote for Joel Rabin.  He is consistently bringing to light issues of importance to the whole community and standing up for the rights of the people in Ward 4 specifically and Bartlesville in general.  We need more men and women of courage like Joel on our city council.  He has the ability, the insight, and the temperament to stand against all odds as is needed in this city at this time.

Posted with prayers for all the candidates and all the voters.  

May we see things the way He sees things and love our neighbors even as we vote!

Finding Gems & Sharing Them – Sample Ballot for Washington County OK – General Election 2018

Sample Ballot & My Voting Recommendations – Oklahoma Republican Primary Run-off August 28th

Here is a sample ballot for Washington County SD11:If you are in another area here is an online voter tool to see yours (you will have to provide your name and birthdate).

Since several of you have asked me for my voting recommendations, here they are after much prayer and research and observing most of them in action (many for years).  My hope is that you will do your own research.  I will leave comments open on this post so that you can tell me your thoughts as well.  Note:  Bold is a strong endorsement.

Governor – Kevin Stitt

Lt. Governor – no preference

State Auditor – Cindy Byrd

Attorney General – no preference (edited 8/18/18 sc)

Superintendent of Public Instruction – Linda Murphy

Commissioner of Labor – Cathy Costello

Corporation Commissioner – Bob Anthony

US Representative CD01 – Kevin Hern

Praying for all of the above (and their opponents),
Sandra Crosnoe for FGST

PS If I lived in HD10:
State Representative District 10 – Travis Dunlap

Finding Gems & Sharing Them – Sample Ballot & My Voting Recommendations – Oklahoma Republican Run-off August 28th

My Voting Recommendations – Oklahoma Republican Primary June 26th

Early voting has already begun. Here are dates and times for voting.

If you need a sample ballot for Washington County SD11, here is a copy.  If you are in another area here is an online voter tool to see yours (you will have to provide your name and birthdate).

Since several of you have asked me for my voting recommendations, here they are after much prayer and research and observing most of them in action (many for years).  My hope is that you will do your own research.  I will leave comments open on this post so that you can tell me your thoughts as well.  Note:  Bold is a strong endorsement.

Governor – Dan Fisher

Lt. Governor – Dominque Damon Block

State Auditor – Cindy Byrd

Attorney General – Gentner Drummond

Superintendent of Public Instruction – Linda Murphy

Commissioner of Labor – Cathy Costello

Insurance Commissioner – Donald Chasteen

Corporation Commissioner – Bob Anthony

US Representative CD01 – Nathan Dahm

State Representative District 11 – Derrel Fincher

District Judge District 11, Office 1 – Curtis L DeLapp

State Question 788 (initiative for medical marijuana) – YES

Praying for all of the above (and their opponents),
Sandra Crosnoe for FGST

PS If I lived in HD10:
State Representative District 10 – Travis Dunlap

Finding Gems & Sharing Them – My Voting Recommendations – Oklahoma Republican Primary June 26th

My Sample Ballot in Washington County Oklahoma for the Primary Election on June 26 2018

 

Sample Ballot for Washington County – Part 1 (downloadable pdf file)

 

 

Sample Ballot for Washington County – Part 2 (downloadable pdf file)

This is my sample ballot for primary election ballot for Washington County (HD11)

Primary Election to be held on June 26, 2018 in Oklahoma

Here is an online tool from the Oklahoma State Election Board so that you can get your personal sample ballot which may differ depending on where you live.  It is also always available as a top tab item on OKGrassroots.com

You will need to plug in some personal information to be able to locate your personal sample ballot online.  You had to be registered by June 1st in order to vote in this election.  I am registered as a Republican so this information will be different for you if you are registered in one of the other parties.  I will be providing some personal endorsements over the next couple of weeks.  Stay tuned!

Updated June 23, 2018: My Voting Recommendations are here now.

Updated: Washington County GOP Chili CookOff-Dahm wins!

Senator Nathan Dahm wins Washington County GOP Chili Cook Off – congratulations and thanks to all the candidates who participated!

 

Original event announcement below:

Chili Cook Off 2017 Flyer (pdf version)

Featuring CD1 Candidates:

Andy Coleman  Nathan Dahm  Tim Harris  Kevin Hern  Danny Stockstill

Sunday, November 12, 2017 3PM

TOP GALLANT
322 East Don Tyler – Dewey, OK 74029

Tickets: $10 for Adults * $5 for 12 and under

Finding Gems & Sharing Them – Washington County GOP Chili Cook Off 

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