Friday last day for early voting in Chelsea, elections JT

Feb. 8 — Today, Friday, Feb. 9, is the last day for early voting at Chelsea School Board of Education Elementary School and the Justus-Tiawah bond election.

Those who do not show up to the Rogers County Election Commission for early voting will have one last chance to vote in person Tuesday in their local precinct. Polling stations open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

This kicks off the 2024 election season in Rogers County: two school votes on Tuesday, February 13, followed by the statewide presidential preferred primary election on March 5.

Early voting began Thursday and Friday at the Rogers County Election Commission office during regular business hours. Precinct voting in school districts will take place Tuesday from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Eligible voters in the Justus-Tiawah Public School District will decide on an $11.7 million construction bond issue for rural K-8 schools.

Turnout in school elections is at an all-time high. In the 2023 Chelsea municipal elections, only 411 votes (11%) were cast out of the district’s 3,644 eligible voters.

Justus-Tiawah Superintendent Shane Booth said the plans aim to address learning and safety needs, two top priorities at Justus North Campus and Tiawah South Campus. Connected classrooms, dining and library spaces, additional parking and new areas for baseball, softball and football practice and games are on the drawing board.

Voters in the Chelsea Public Schools district will cast their ballots in a school board primary race. Todd Chambers, Christopher French and Kimber Whorton are vying for Chelsea Schools Seat 4 (a five-year term on the school board).

Friday is also the deadline to register to vote and update voter information to be eligible to participate in the March 5 presidential primary election.

Rogers County Election Commission Secretary Julie Dermody addresses the Rogers County Commission meeting Monday to remind everyone of upcoming election dates and deadlines.

Dermody would have been eligible to register to vote, a…

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