MuskogeePhoenix.com, Muskogee, OK

April 7, 2009

Provisional ballots may decide race

By Liz McMahan

Provisional ballots handed to five voters in Tuesday’s Webbers Falls municipal election may decide the outcome of the election, said Ellen Thames, assistant secretary of the Muskogee County Election Board.

The sealed provisional ballots will not be counted until 5 p.m. Friday, Thames said.

The ballots were given to voters whose addresses showed up on poll books as being outside the town limits. Thames said the Election Board is converting to new software, and she is certain all five ballots will be counted after the voters’ addresses are verified as being in the town.

Jessica Terrell, who said her mother, her husband and a sister all live on the same 10 acres as her got to vote without question Tuesday, but she had to sign one of the provisional ballots.

She said she had moved since the last election and not changed her address.

Candidates have until 5 p.m. Friday to file for a recount or allege election irregularities, Thames said. The provisional ballot count will be made after that deadline is passed.

Thames said while the remainder of the courthouse and annex will be closed because of the Good Friday holiday, the Election Board will remain open all day Friday. Entry may be made through the west door on Broadway.

Here are the results from Tuesday’s voting throughout the area:

• Braggs School Board — Barbara Baskins 154 (52.2 percent); Elsa Irving 141 (47.8 percent).

• Fort Gibson — Trustee Ward 2: Steven D. Hill 122 (67.4 percent); Kirk Freeman 59 (31.6 percent).

• Haskell — Trustee Ward II, Steve Ford 88 (69.84 percent), Brett L. Harper 38 (30.16 percent); Trustee Ward 1, Bruce McQuay 75 (61.48 percent), Robert C. Smith 47 (38.52 percent).

• Taft — Town Clerk: Alicia Craig Sourie 45 (56.25 percent), Elsie Ceasar 35 (43.75 percent).

• Warner — Two trustees: Jimmy D. Sallee 98 (36.03 percent), Jack Tatum 98 (36.03 percent), Troy Duncan 76 (27.94 percent).

• Webbers Falls — City clerk/treasurer: Susan Dwyer 101 (58.72 percent), Mindy M. Whitlow 71 (41.28 percent); Ward 2, trustee: Matt Myers 60, (34.68 percent), Eric Stinnett 58 (33.53 percent), Danielle Chappell 30 (17.34 percent), Arthur T. Laidley 24 (13.87 percent), Roy T. Brown 1 (0.58 percent); Ward 4 incumbent: Dennis Berton 89 (52.05 percent), Johnny Pollard 70 (40.94 percent), Cheryle Ellis 12 (7.01 percent).

• Checotah

Ward I: Earnie Myers 207 (59.8 percent); Darrel Arnett 139 (40.17 percent)

Ward II: Larry Pouncil, 211 (60.81 percent); Heather Dawn Lester 126 (39.19 percent).

Ward III: Willie Wiles 218 (61.41 percent); J.C. Camp 137 (38.59 percent).

Ward IV: Linda Cantwell 217 (62.36 percent); Shane Miller 131 (37.64 percent).

• Gore

School bond issue (60 percent majority required for passage): Muskogee County Yes 13 (28.89 percent), No 32 (71.11 percent); Sequoyah County Yes 333 (52.92 percent), No 298 (47.08 percent).

• Tahlequah

Chief of Police: Clay Mahaney 1,235 (51.63 percent); Steve Farmer 1,157 (48.37 percent).

Sales tax renewal: Yes 1,325 (58.78 percent); No 1,275 (51.63 percent).

• Wagoner

Ward 1 trustee: Diana Cantrell 308 (71.46 percent), Jerry Merrell 123 (28.54 percent).