It will be a busy year at the polls as county voters begin the new year with a hotel/motel tax proposition and close with the general election in which a number of federal, state and county officials are up for election.
The hotel/motel tax vote on Jan. 12 in Ardmore will allow voters to decide whether or not to raise the hotel tax from 5 percent to 7 percent. If approved, the extra 2 percent will be borne by those renting rooms within city limits.
Registered voters who want to vote by mail, using absentee ballots in the special election, have until 5 p.m. Wednesday to request one. Absentee ballots can be cast from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday and Friday at the Carter County Election Board, which is at 106 Hinkle St. in Ardmore.
Precinct 19, normally at the Chickasaw Library, temporarily will be moved to S.W. Baptist Church on Myall Road. The library is closed for renovations.
On Feb. 9, the Southern Oklahoma Technology Center will ask district voters to renew its 2.5-mill tax levy and also ask for it to be made permanent. The levy was approved in 2015, but voters at the time chose not to make it permanent.
Lone Grove also will bring a bond vote to its district.
Voters statewide will have a chance to vote March 1 in the presidential primaries.
April will feature various municipal elections. The filing period for those elections is Feb. 22-24. There will also be a number of federal, state or county offices up for grabs this year. The filing period for those offices will be April 13-15. The primary election will be June 28.  Runoff  primaries will be Aug. 23.
The general election will be Nov. 8.
Carter County Election Board Secretary Diane Hall said other elections could pop up during the year such as for sales tax and property taxes.