Oklahoma City, Ok. – Polls will open at 7 a.m. Tuesday and close at 7 p.m. According to the election board secretaries in Comanche and Stephens counties, it is taking quite a while for many voters to complete their ballot marking with a slate full of races on one side, nine state questions on the other. They advise voters to be prepared, with sample ballots available at county election board offices. Voters also can see the races for statewide offices plus others at the state level, and the state questions, at the state election board website: www.elections.state.ok.us.

Oklahoma City, OK – According to State Chamber President Dick Rush, the association favors passage of State Questions 693, 697, 701, and 703 while opposing State Question 704. State Question 701 proposes a consitutional amendment to limit the Tobacco Settlement Endowment Trust Fund to 5.5 percent of the fund's average market value. Rush notes it's endorsed by leadership in both parties and would ensure consistant annual funding from the tobacco settlement money for smoking cessation, public health and education programs.

Oklahoma City, OK – During the past week, four new human cases of West Nile disease have been reported and confirmed, bringing the state's total to eight so far in 2002. There have been no human deaths from the disease carried by mosquitoes so far, and all victims are reported to be recovering although one remains in the hospital. The new cases include a 69 year-old woman from Muskogee County, a 50 year-old man from Okmulgee County, a 67 year-old man from Pushmataha County and a 69 year-old woman from Oklahoma County.

Oklahoma City, OK – Voter registration applications are available at Oklahoma county election board offices, area tag agencies, public libraries and other locations for residents to fill out and mail in for consideration. Forms must be postmarked by midnight October 11 to qualify for voting in the November 5 General Election. On the ballot will be nine state questions, statewide elected office races, Congressional races, one U. S. Senate race, some Oklahoma House and Senate races plus local office races and issues in some areas.

Oklahoma City, OK – There are no new human cases confirmed for Oklahoma so the total for 2002 remains at 4 with all recovering and the good news is no persons have died in the Sooner State due to West Nile Virus complications. 307 birds collected from 28 counties tested positive for the virus, 40 are new cases with the most from Tulsa County (15), Oklahoma County (6), Cleveland County (4), and Payne County (4).