Due to some confusion over revised Ward boundaries for the City of Miami the assistant secretary of the Ottawa County Election Board, Connie Payton, is advising and encouraging residents in doubt to call the office at 918-542-2893 for clarification.
The upcoming election on April 3 for Miami City Council seats in Wards 3 and Ward 4 has caused some residents to question which ward they reside in and can vote on. Payton said the Ottawa County Election Board has received several calls regarding the ward boundary changes in anticipation of next week's election.
Payton said that the precinct, and not the ward, is listed on the new voter registration cards issued recently and that there was no place on the cards to list the wards. She said she hopes this will change in the future now that they have the capability to print the cards there.
Payton said that one way for those who have had a ward change to know is if they were notified of a change in their precinct's polling place, adding that most of those with changes in Ward 3 were notified that they would be voting at the Miami Friends Church rather than the Senior Citizen's Center.
“8th Avenue had no precinct change, so they will need to call if they are unsure of their ward,” Payton advised.
“In the meantime we encourage anyone with questions to call us and we will be happy to help them,” Payton said.
The city ordinance No. 1577 establishing boundaries for Ward No. 3 says,“All that portion of the city lying South of a line projected West along 4th Avenue NW to G Street NW and projected North to 8th Avenue NW, projected equal in distance to the extension of the City limits in that direction and West of Main Street and South and West of the Neosho River from a point where the extension of South Main intersects railroad and extends to the Neosho River to a point extended Southeasterly along the boundaries of the Neosho River to where the same intersects with the extension of the city limits.”
The city ordinance No.1577 establishing boundaries for Ward No. 4 says, “All that portion of the city lying South of East BJ Tunnell Blvd. to railroad tracks and extending North and East to Tar Creek and South and East to Quail Creek, extending North and East to Quail Creek Dr., extending South to East BJ Tunnell and being projected South and East to extension of City limits in those directions and East of Main Street and North and East of the Neosho River, from the point where Main Street South intersects railroad tracks and extends to the Neosho River to a point Southeasterly along the boundaries of the Neosho River to where the same intersects with the city limits.”