June Proposition: Voting reminders & tips

Early Voting: June 8 & 9 | Election Day: June 13

UPDATE, 6/14/23: The Water Rate Proposition was approved by voters with 56.33% voting in favor, according to unofficial election results published by the Oklahoma State Election Board. New rates will go into effect September 1, 2023. The community will be kept apprised of upgrades and projects to occur in improving the public water system.

POSTED 6/8/23: NORMAN – Early voting has begun for the City of Norman’s Water Rate Proposition, which would provide funding for: Waterline Replacement, Groundwater Disinfection, Lead & Copper Line Mandates, and general Water Service Operations.

Early Voting locations are open June 8 and June 9 from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Normanites can vote early at the Cleveland County Election Board, 641 E. Robinson Street. No special reasoning or excuse is needed to cast a ballot early in Oklahoma. Election Day is June 13 and polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Voters can utilize the OK Voter Portal to confirm the address of their polling place, access sample ballots and more. A form of ID is needed in order to vote. View other tips and information about voting through the Oklahoma State Election Board website at Oklahoma.gov/elections/html.

“Quality water and reliable infrastructure are vital to the health and safety of a community,” said City of Norman Utilities Director Chris Mattingly. “We encourage all Normanites to cast a ballot in this election.”

Leading up to the election and since approval of the vote by City Council in March 2023, City staff has taken part in more than a dozen speaking engagements, organized educational booths at public events, coordinated a voter registration drive, sent mailers to residents, worked with media outlets to share information, and utilized digital and physical channels available to share knowledge about the election.

In accordance with the City Charter, utility rates for the City of Norman can only be changed by public vote. The last change was seen in 2015. With passage of the proposition, an increase of $5.45 or less would be seen on two-thirds of bills in Norman. The rate change would only affect those utilizing the public water system; the rate change would not affect those on private water wells. Access helpful links below for more information, or call 405.217.7739.