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March 08, 2023

March 10 is the last day to apply for voter registration or make any registration changes in order to vote in the April 4 election, Kay County Election Board Secretary Carol Leaming said.

Voters in Kay County will be voting on school board seats in Kildare, Newkirk, Ponca City and Tonkawa. Municipal elections will be on the ballot in Braman, Kaw City, Newkirk and Tonkawa. Residents of County Commissioner District No. 3 will be electing a commissioner, with only Republican candidates filing.


Russell Cobb and Daniel Koelsch are running for Newkirk School Board Office No. 3.

Bryce Vap and Michael S. Smith are vying for Kildare School Board Office No. 2.

Judy Throop and Rod D. Wohl are competing for Ponca City School Board Office No. 3.

Melanie Caughlin-Bellinghausen and Jera McCann are contending for Tonkawa School Board Office No. 3


LaDonna Haven and Shawn Shirley are competing for Braman Board of Trustees Office No. 1.

Jerry Brown and David Kilian are contending for the Kaw City mayor’s seat.

Joe Anderson and Bill Wiggs are running for the Newkirk City Commissioner No. 1 seat.

Reece Simpson and Rick Allen are vying for the Tonkawa Council Member No. 4 seat.

Paula Woodward and Stacy Burns are running for the Tonkawa City Council member-at-large seat.


Candidates for this office are Jeff Kreger, Shannon Leatherman and Paul “Butch” Skidmore.


People who are United States citizens, residents of Oklahoma and at least 17 ½ years old are eligible to apply for voter registration. However, they must be at least 18 years old to vote.

Registration applications must be received by the Kay County Election Board or postmarked no later than midnight on March 10. Applications postmarked after that time will be accepted but will not be processed until after the April 4 election. Applications may also be submitted by the deadline to any motor vehicle agency that is also an official voter registration agency.

Applicants will be notified in writing when their application has been processed. Approved voters will receive a voter identification card in the mail. Some may receive a letter that explains the reason or reasons why the application was not approved. Those who do not receive a response within 30 days of submitting their application should contact the Kay County Election Board office immediately, Leaming said.

Applications must be approved by the county election board secretary in order for the person to vote.

Registered voters who have moved to Kay County from a different county or state will need to complete a new voter registration application to be eligible for elections in Kay County. People who have moved within the county and need to update their address can do so online by using the OK Voter Portal, oklahoma.gov/elections.ovp. They may also complete a new registration application.

Voter registration applications can be downloaded from the Oklahoma State Election Board website, oklahoma.gov/elections. Applicants may also complete a form at the county election board office. Most post offices, tag agencies and public libraries have applications available upon request.

The Kay County Election Board, 219 S. Main Street in Newkirk, is open from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. For more information, contact the election board by calling 580-362-2130 or emailing kaycounty@elections.ok.gov.