Tulsa County Election Board Secretary, Gwen Freeman, has come up with yet another impressive innovation to insure voting accommodations in the midst of a pandemic health crisis.
The Drillers Stadium (a.k.a. OneOak Field) will be the only available location to get your voting done next week. The entrance is on Elgin Avenue & Brady Street (a.k.a. Reconciliation Way), or at Archer St., on the corner of Elgin Ave.
You still need an official voter I.D. card, or photo ID from a qualifying govt. entity. It's slightly more involved than the neighborhood polling experience, but feels about like the same experience.
Getting downtown is the interesting part of the process.
Campaigning at this section of downtown will happen. We just don't know how much & in what forms it will happen.
This outdoor accommodation may invite street campaigning. We've posted current law which sets rings around the ballot box. outside of the 300 foot outer ring, anything can happen, politically. Citizens can hand out campaign flyers, answer candidate questions, discuss endorsements, and even use amplified sound systems which could match the volume of outdoor concerts already deemed within compliance of Tulsa ordinances.
This may invite a test of constitutional rights being suppressed. We've posted a map from the election board, showing where the parking is, and approximately where the ballot box will be. That creates a vast expanse between parking and the 'white zone' of the ballot box.
2014 Oklahoma Statutes
Title 26. Elections
§26-7-108. Electioneering prohibited.Universal Citation: 26 OK Stat § 26-7-108 (2014)No person shall be allowed to electioneer within three hundred (300) feet of any ballot box while an election is in progress, nor shall any person or persons, except election officials and other persons authorized by law, be allowed within fifty (50) feet of any ballot box while an election is in progress. No printed material other than that provided by the election board shall be publicly placed or exposed within three hundred (300) feet of any ballot box, while an election is in progress.
Laws 1974, c. 153, § 7-108, operative Jan. 1, 1975.