Deadline to change party affiliation is March 31
Oklahomans who want to elect the nominee of a political party in the Primary or Runoff Primary Elections later this year should make sure they are registered in that party no later than Monday, March 31, according to Deidre O’Briant, Secretary of the Beckham County Election Board.
Changes of political affiliation are prohibited by law during the period beginning April 1 and continuing through August 31 in even-numbered years, O’Briant said.
Each political party can nominate one candidate per office for the November General Election. If two or more candidates from the same party file for one office, the party nominee is selected at either the Primary or Runoff Primary Election.
Only voters registered in a political party can vote to select that party’s nominees.
Voters not registered in a party (Independents) cannot vote for party candidates in primary elections. Oklahoma has 2 recognized political parties in 2014: Democrat and Republican.
All registered voters, regardless of political affiliation, can vote for any candidate at the November General Election and for state or local questions at any election.
Applications to register to vote or to change political affiliation are available at the Beckham County Election Board office which is located behind the Courthouse in Sayre; post offices; public libraries; state offices providing public assistance; and at most political party and candidate campaign offices. For more information you may call the County Election Board at 580-928-3314 or visit: www.elections.ok.gov.
Daylight Savings Time begins at 2 a.m. Sunday. Turn clocks forward one hour. The time change will last until Nov. 2.
District Attorney retiring
District 2 District Attorney Dennis A. Smith announces Friday that he will retire from the District Attorney’s office at the end of this year. The District 2 District Attorney’s office covers Custer, Beckham, Washita, Ellis and Roger Mills counties.
“I would like to thank the citizens of District 2 for allowing me to serve as the District Attorney these twelve years. The District Attorney’s position is an elected position, and I will be eternally grateful to the fine citizens of Western Oklahoma who allowed me to serve them in this position.” Smith stated. Smith also indicated that he wanted to give credit to his staff. “The District Attorney is only as good as his staff, and I have had some excellent employees over the years, and am very proud of my staff and thank them from the bottom of my heart for their hard work.”
Citing the recent budget cuts, “This has resulted in my staff having had to do more with less, and my admiration for the efforts they have put forward for which I will be eternally appreciative.” Smith also wanted to thank local, county, state and federal law enforcement for the close working relationship his office has enjoyed since he has been in office. “The citizens of District 2 are indeed fortunate to have such excellent law enforcement. It is not the case everywhere. The dedicated men and women of law enforcement in the Western Oklahoma area is unequaled anywhere.” Smith also cited the excellent Judges, courthouse personnel, and County Commissioners that he has worked with over the years. “County government is still very important to all citizens, and I encourage citizens to hold on to this important system where your local friends and neighbors hold these positions.” Smith believes county government is the backbone of the State of Oklahoma, and believes the District 2 County officers have done an excellent job during his tenure.
“The District Attorney’s job is to seek justice and protect the public,” Smith continued, “I feel that my office has done that. When I first took office in 2003, one of my main goals was to be fair to everyone, which I believe goes hand in hand with seeking justice.”
Smith has served the State of Oklahoma as a Deputy Sheriff in Woodward County, an OSBI Agent in the Western Oklahoma area, as an Assistant District Attorney, and for the last twelve years as District Attorney. Smith’s future plans are uncertain at this time. However, he believes that he will probably stay in the Western Oklahoma area in the immediate future.
“I would not trade my years of public service to our great State for anything”, Smith concluded. “But there comes a point when it is time for someone else to take the reins, and for me that time is now.”