12 December 2007
Speaking of elections
While Oklahoma City voters were approving a massive bond issue, that questionable tax vote for Northeast Tech Center, says Tyson Wynn, was put into the deep freeze:
I have it on good authority from John Wylie at the Oologah Lake Leader (which is also without power) that Mayes County Election Board was notified by NE Tech Center Board today that they have canceled the sneaky tax election scheduled for ... Dec. 11. No new date has been set. Recent ice storms have left many counties with no or few polling places with power. Terri Thomas, Mayes County Election Board, said there were no polling places operational in Oologah, Owasso, or Inola and few in Claremore. Additionally, some precinct voters remain unable to leave their homes due to downed branches and/or power lines. Further, several election boards including the State Election Board had advised NE Tech Centers that the vote, if it had passed, would likely face legal challenges and be invalidated due to the lack of proper public notice.
And that would seem to be the end of that, for now. Meanwhile, the Edmond and Norman school districts saw their bond issues approved, and there will be a runoff in Oklahoma City's Ward 7, where Skip Kelly got 49.9 percent of the vote. (It takes 50 to win outright.)
Posted at 8:39 AM to Soonerland
Further, several election boards — including the State Election Board — had advised NE Tech Centers that the vote, if it had passed, would likely face legal challenges and be invalidated due to the lack of proper public notice.
You mean they couldn't have claimed that your post on the subject didn't constitute public notice? I mean, more people probably found out about it from you than from their own efforts...
Deep freeze, eh? May I segue?
According to the news, you have lost power from the electric company due to the ice storm. Everybody is in danger! Stay off the roads! Emergency help needed!
Just what kind of battery backup do you use?
I believe the technical term is "not enough."
As much as I would love for everyone in the area to read by blog (and the blogs of my friends and associates who helped get the word out), it is a far cry from most people in the NTC district (all of 5 counties and part of 3).
And, alas, regardless of what we may think about it, the legal definition of public notice (as codified in the state constitution and statutes) is very specific. This was not a political issues. I am hard-core, right-wing conservative. John Wylie is a known Democrat. The Claremore Progress has never seen a tax it didn't love. We all came out on the side of basic fairness that our system requires. Fortunately, my PR background aided me in getting the word out.
Just ask yourself why NTC would not send a legal notice to all the media outlets it later sent a press release to (with barely a week until the election). Therein lies the answer.
And, alas, regardless of what we may think about it, the legal definition of public notice (as codified in the state constitution and statutes) is very specific.
I was, of course, being facetious. The State Election Board was absolutely right to call shenanigans on NTC.