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Early voting for the April 2 election begins Thursday from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the Cleveland County Election Board (641 E. Robinson, Suite 200 in Norman) and continues that same time Friday. Polls will be open on Tuesday, April 2 from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Local voters have some incredibly important decisions to make. Three City of Norman infrastructure propositions are on the ballot: Prop 1, a $72 million transportation bond; Prop. 2, a $60 million stormwater bond; and Prop 3, the establishment of a stormwater utility fee. The transportation bond would fund 19 projects across the city and would potentially net about $67 million in federal transportation funding. The stormwater bond would fund 33 stormwater infrastructure projects, with several in each ward, and the utility fee would be used to fund maintenance of the city's stormwater system.

Voters in northwest Norman will consider two candidates for the Norman Public Schools Board of Education Office No. 4: incumbent Chad Vice and challenger Victoria McBride. Residents in the following precincts can vote in the school board election: Precincts 18, 19, 27, 53, 59, 71, 73, 74, 76, 77 and 91. If you don't know your precinct number, check your voter registration card or call the Cleveland County Election Board at 405-366-0210.

Ward 3 residents will decide between Alison Petrone and Richard Bailey in the runoff election. The winner will replace Robert Castleberry on the Norman City Council.

As always, voter turnout is incredibly important, particularly in local elections. Local government impacts us more than any other level of government on a day-to-day basis. We encourage you to vote, whether early at the election board or on April 2 at your polling place. These are important decisions, and voter turnout numbers, while improving, are typically low. With three city-wide votes, and important decisions for voters in Ward 3 and Office No. 4, there are plenty of reasons to take the time to cast your vote on April 2.

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