Tahlequah Daily Press

March 3, 2014

Hulbert special sales tax election is Tuesday

From Staff reports

HULBERT — Last December, the Hulbert Town Council voted to adjust city ordinance to allow collection of sales tax at an additional 1 percent, and voted for a notice of election.

Polls will be open 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 4, for that special election.

The council vote adjusted Section 7 of the Town of Hulbert Sales Tax Ordinance. The trustees also voted to approve the resolution’s emergency clause and ask voters to approve the sales tax increase.

In December, Shirley Teague and George Truitt said the primary purpose of the tax is for parks, recreation and expenses related to the new Hulbert Volunteer Fire Department building.

Cherokee County Election Board Secretary Mary Kaye Masters-Jobe offered voters some tips.

Masters-Jobe said that a valid ballot marking – a filled-in box, in either blue or black ballpoint ink – is important. If a voter makes a mistake marking a ballot, he should not try to correct it, but should return the spoiled ballot to precinct officials, who will destroy it and issue a new ballot.

Masters-Jobe urged voters to take their voter identification cards with them to the polls.

“Your voter ID card, issued by the County Election Board, can help precinct officials find your name in the Precinct Registry, and it may help them resolve the problem if you are not listed,” Masters-Jobe said.

Voters can bring an unexpired photo ID card issued by the U.S. government, state of Oklahoma, or a federally recognized tribal government.

Voters without IDs or whose names are not found in the Precinct Registry, or who disagree with the information shown in the registry, may cast a provisional ballot. the ballot is sealed in a special envelope and counted after election day if the voter’s information can be verified.

Voters who want to get through the line quickly should vote at mid-morning or mid-afternoon, the two slowest periods.

“Anyone who is eligible and in line at the polling place at 7 p.m. on Tuesday will be entitled to vote,” said Masters-Jobe.

Following is a list of the precinct polling places in the Town of Hulbert special election on March 4: Precinct 110015, Norwood Baptist Church, 20980 Highway 80; and Precinct 110025, Hulbert City Hall, 111 W. Main St.