A mayor to be named later

“It’s been pretty steady,” said an official at the precinct when I arrived to cast my ballot for Mayor of Oklahoma City. The place was empty at the time, so it must have been steadily slow. Ballot #169 went into the box at almost precisely 5 pm. I’ve seen worse, but not much worse.

(For those keeping score: we use paper ballots, optically scanned. I don’t think anyone in this town would prefer that fancy computerized stuff.)


  1. fillyjonk »

    13 February 2018 · 6:11 pm

    We also have the optical scanners. I personally think it’s probably the best of the “modern” methods, though not NEARLY as satisfying as the lever method Ann Arbor was still using back when I first voted.

    (Though I will say, when I pulled the “big” lever to register my vote, I wondered if they should play either the sound of a slot machine or of a toilet flushing….)

  2. McGehee »

    13 February 2018 · 11:55 pm

    Probably would’ve depended which party you voted for.

  3. CGHill »

    14 February 2018 · 8:01 am

    The mayor race in this town is officially non-partisan.

  4. Holly H »

    14 February 2018 · 9:30 am

    The winner got 78% of the vote. Thus, he called the city “united”. Hmmmm…. We will see whether he means “everybody’s on my side” vs “we reach across aisles”. I’m not holding my breath.

    btw, I exercised civil disobedience this time. I deliberately spoiled my ballot by voting twice. This is a nefarious plot to make sure I get credit for voting (to keep the ‘purgers’ away), and yet not add to the overall vote count, which will make it easier to get public petitions pushed through. At first, the machine refused to accept my ballot. But one of our election officials knew where the “override button” was, and he forced the acceptance of my spoiled ballot.

    I also spoke at the EPA hearing downtown, last night, against the Oklahoma Department of Energy’s plan to lower their oversight rules for dirty energy companies. So, after that act of civic involvement, I felt entitled to my small act of rebelliousness.

  5. McGehee »

    14 February 2018 · 5:32 pm

    Was writing in some fictitious non-candidate not an option?

  6. Holly H »

    15 February 2018 · 8:08 am

    Sure. I was just being lazy.

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