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Candidate filing set April 8-10 for Shawnee, Pott. County and state offices

Staff Writer
The Shawnee News-Star

The three-day candidate filing period for those seeking office begins Wednesday, April 8 and concludes at 5 p.m. Friday, April 10.

Because of COVID-19, some different procedures are in place for the filing period, including those at the county level and those who need to file at the State Capitol.

In Pottawatomie County, filing will be held for offices of Shawnee Mayor and Shawnee City Commissioner seats for Wards 2, 3 and 4.

For Pottawatomie County offices, the filing will be held for County Clerk, Court Clerk, County Sheriff and District 2 County Commissioner.

In response to the Pottawatomie County Commissioners enacting a State of Emergency and shelter-in-place order, the Pottawatomie County Election Board has closed its office to the public and changed the candidate filing procedures for April 8-10.

According to Election Board Secretary Jeannie Stover, candidates can drop off their paperwork at the Election Board office from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. April 8, 9 and 10. Stover said the deadline to file is April 10, with no exceptions.

Stover said the Election Board staff will do a preliminary review of the Declaration of Candidacy by email at PottawatomieCounty@elections.ok.gov or over the phone at (405) 273-8376.

Stover said people will not be allowed in the building and will need to place their paperwork in the drop box at the front door of the Election Board office which is housed in the County Commission building near U.S. 177 and Acme Road.

If a candidate is in need of a filing packet, Stover said he or she can contact the Pottawatomie County Election Board either by email or phone and they will help.

Packets can also be found at the Oklahoma State Election Board website at www.elections.ok.gov under the "Candidate Info" heading.

Candidates who are filing for state and federal offices, which is done at the State Capitol, also are encouraged to use mail or private delivery to file, but an in-person “drive-through” option will be available at the State Capitol.

Due to the fact that the Capitol is closed to the public, in-person candidate filing will take place in the south parking lot of the State Capitol. Candidates should remain in their vehicles and follow traffic flow signs. No filings will be accepted after 5 p.m. on Friday.

For more information about candidate filing, visit elections.ok.gov.