Norman voters to go to polls for Special Election in August

City-wide election set for August 23, 2022

Propositions for nine Charter amendments will be on the August 23rd ballot for Norman voters, following final Norman City Council approval on May 24, 2022.

A citizen-led Charter Review Commission was appointed in Summer 2019 to begin a review process of the City of Norman Charter. A Charter is a document that defines the organization, powers, functions and essential procedures of a city government.

Upon thorough review, several recommendations were adopted and ultimately approved to go to a vote of the people by the Norman City Council. Summaries of each proposition are outlined below. Voters should visit https://www.normanok.gov/special-election-august-2022 to review full language and details of the propositions and to access other important information pertaining to the election. An overview presentation of special election ballot items, recorded through the Office of the City Attorney, can be found at https://vimeo.com/cityofnormanok/charteramendments.

  • Proposition 1: Pertains to increasing annual stipends for municipal officials and providing for a Compensation Commission to be appointed.
  • Proposition 2: Pertains to extending councilmember terms; changing the starting date of the term of office for elected officials of the City of Norman; and changing residency requirements for those seeking City of Norman office with certain exceptions.
  • Proposition 3: Pertains to clarifying the way that City Council vacancies are filled and the serving commitment of those filling such vacancies.
  • Proposition 4: Pertains to the creation of the position of a Municipal Auditor.
  • Proposition 5: Pertains to changing the hiring and managing authority of the City Attorney from the City Manager to the City Council and details associated procedures.
  • Proposition 6: Pertains to additions and new stipulations for board members of the Norman Regional Hospital Authority Board.
  • Proposition 7: Pertains to amending the recall process and associated items for municipal officials.
  • Proposition 8: Pertains to amending the process to set utility rates in Norman and the appointment of a Utility Rate Commission.
  • Proposition 9: Pertains to modifying deadline and processes for the Reapportionment Ad Hoc Committee and limits associated Council action concerning the committee’s recommendations.

Normanites may visit https://okvoterportal.okelections.us/ to review voter registration status or confirm their polling place.

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