Ward 4 Candidate May Be Ineligible

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Selena Gideon, a candidate for New Cordell City Council in Ward 4, may be ineligible for the April 2, 2019, municipal election because she failed to update her voter registration when she moved to her current address.

According to the candidate declaration Gideon filed with the Washita County Election Board, she resides on West First Street in Cordell, inside the boundaries of Ward

4. Her voter registration, however, indicates residence at an address on North Crider Street. The voter registration, Gideon’s first ever, was dated July 16, 2018, and places her residence in the city’s Ward 2.

Oklahoma law requires a candidate for municipal election to not only reside in the specific ward, but also to be registered to vote at an address within the ward in order to be eligible.

“A candidate must also be a registered voter at an address within the municipality, or of the ward where the office is from for at least six (6) months prior to filing a declaration of candidacy,” Title 11 O.S., Section 16-110 reads.


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