Oklahoma special election today, first to require IDs

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August 9, 2011

TULSA, Oklahoma: Today marks Election Day for Oklahomans and the first election that residents are required to show valid ID before voting. Last November, residents approved a ballot measure which would require residents to provide proof of ID before voting. Highlights of local elections include residents in Tulsa voting on approval of their natural gas company's franchise agreement for a further fifteen years.[1]

Residents in Caddo will also be voting on a franchise agreement for Oklahoma Gas & Electric Co. to produce, transmit and distribute electricity in the town in accordance with the town ordinance passed in March.[2]

Voters in the town of Vian will be voting on a measure which would remove the sunset clause of a 1 percent sales tax which is currently in place in the town. Currently the tax would expire in 2019, it was first approved in 1999 and the money from the tax has gone towards a sewer treatment plant for the town. Town officials have been encouraging residents to vote in favor of extending the tax because they have further debts to pay off for the treatment plant's construction as well as allowing for continued funding of operations at the plant.[3]

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