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Precinct Boundaries and Polling Sites
Each County Election Board sets precinct boundaries in accordance with state law and determines available precinct polling sites within that county. Polling sites are usually located within the precinct boundary, unless a suitable polling site cannot be found. In this case the County Election Board must obtain permission each year from the State Election Board to locate a polling site outside the precinct boundary.
For information about your precinct or polling place you may call your County Election Board or State Election Board (405- 521-2391). In Tulsa County you may also call the League of Women Voters at 918-747-7933. Hours are 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. weekdays.
Partisan primary elections held in Oklahoma are known as “closed primaries.” In a closed primary, a person must be a registered member of a political party in order to cast a vote in that political party’s primary election. If you register No Party (Independent) you generally cannot vote in primary elections unless a recognized party authorizes Independent voters to participate in its primaries. *Note: The Democratic Party has authorized Independent voters to participate in their primary elections in 2022 and 2023.
In non-partisan elections, primaries are held any time there are more than two persons who have filed for the office. In this case any voter within the specified geographical area may vote, irrespective of party registration.
3930 E. 31st St.
Tulsa, OK 74135
2816 E. 51st St. Ste. 100
Tulsa, OK 74135
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Tulsa City Government
The Tulsa City Charter establishes the structure of government and describes the powers granted to the city under the Oklahoma State Constitution. Pursuant to the Charter, the city has a Mayor/Council form of government. The nine-member Council may submit proposed changes in the Charter to the voters for approval.
The elected officials are mayor, city auditor and nine councilors. The mayor and city auditor are elected by all the voters of Tulsa. The councilors are elected by the resident voters in each of nine geographic city council districts. The mayor's term of office is four years. The auditor is elected for a two-year term. In November 2009, Tulsan's voted to change the City Charter to end staggered terms for city councilors. All city councilors elected will serve two- year terms. The City Council staff is led by the Council Administrator, and are all civil service employees who report to the City Council.
The local laws of Tulsa (called city ordinances) are passed by the Council, which is the legislative body. The mayor has 15 days either to sign or reject (veto) an ordinance. The vote of at least six councilors can override a veto. If the mayor neither signs nor vetoes the ordinance, it becomes law. The Council, through ordinances and resolutions, provides for licenses, permits, and certificates which are issued by city departments and agencies. Appeals of such actions are subject to review by the Council. The Council approves the mayor's budget, and has the power to conduct investigations and hearings concerning the conduct of city government.
The mayor heads the executive branch of government. Among the powers and duties of the mayor are determining the needs and objectives of the city; preparing budgets and financial plans; keeping the peace; enforcing the laws; collecting, spending and tracking all moneys; managing the employees; and building the necessary streets, waterworks, sewers, storm drainage, trash disposal facilities, transportation systems, and other infrastructure as needed. The city auditor independently reviews city accounts and activities for efficiency and effectiveness, and determines whether they are in accordance with laws, regulations, and proper governmental accounting principles. The auditor reports all findings in writing to the Mayor and the Council.
Mayor’s Management Team and Staff
Deputy Mayor (Salary: $130,000)
Chief Operating Officer
Chief of Staff (Salary: $130,000)
Deputy Chief of Staff
Chief of Economic Development
Mayor’s Executive Aid (Salary: $55,000)
Chief of Intergovernmental Relations
Chief Resilience Officer (Salary: $97,000)
Chief of Culture & Recreation
Chief of Capital Investments
Mayor's Office Director of Operations
Director of Communications
Directors of City Departments
Asset Management: (Salary: $118,813)
Communications (Salary: $98,766)
Customer Care Center (Salary: $106,825)
Engineering Services (Salary: $158,078)
Finance (Salary: $149,018)
Fire Department: (Salary: $149,018)
Human Resources: (Salary: $109,849)
Resilience & Equity (Salary $50,471)
Information Technology: (Salary: $131,163)
Parks and Recreation (Salary: $109,849)
Police Chief (Salary: $158,078)
Streets and Stormwater (Salary: $108,114)
Water and Sewer (Salary: $140,531)
Working in Neighborhoods
Cox Business Center (Salary not available)
Performing Arts Center Director (Salary: $128,302)
Authority for Economic Opportunity
Tulsa County Government
Pursuant to Oklahoma statute, Tulsa County is governed by a three-member Board of County Commissioners elected by geographic district. The County Clerk, Court Clerk, County Sheriff, County Treasurer, and County Assessor are elected at large. All County elected officials serve staggered four-year terms.
The County Commission has no authority to levy taxes for operating funds. County government is responsible for the following operations: (1) county road maintenance and construction, (2) care of the poor and indigent, (3) law enforcement, (4) maintaining court records, (5) maintaining property records, (6) evaluating and assessing property for tax purposes, and (7) collecting, managing, and apportioning tax revenues.
Board of Commissioners
Commissioners are elected to four-year terms. The Commission meets weekly, at 9:30 a.m. on the first Monday of the month, 2:00 p.m. on the second Monday, and alternating times through the remainder of the month (holidays are exceptions) in Commission Room 119, Tulsa County Courthouse, 500 S. Denver. The salary for each commissioner is $107,063.
Other Elected County Officials
Assessor (Salary: $107,063)
County Clerk (Salary: $107,063)
Court Clerk (Salary: $107,063)
Sheriff (Salary: $104,562)
Treasurer (Salary: $107,063)
District Attorney of Tulsa County
The office of District Attorney for Tulsa County is a state office elected for a four-year term in the county by partisan ballot at the state general election. The District Attorney serves as a state (not a county) employee and has the responsibility to prosecute all statutory crime which occurs in Tulsa County. (Salary: $121,886)
Tulsa County Departments
Building & Fleet Operations
Family Center for Juvenile Justice
Authories, Boards, and Commissions
There are many active authorities, boards, and commissions in the Tulsa metropolitan area; some report to the city, some to the county or to both city and county, and some are regional. All members serve without compensation. City appointees are nominated by the Mayor and confirmed by the City Council.
Members of all authorities, boards and commissions may continue to serve after their terms have expired, until a replacement is appointed. Unless otherwise indicated, the boards meet at the Council Chamber in City Hall.
Public schools in Tulsa County are administered by 13 independent school districts (ISDs) and one dependent school district (DSD). Most families residing within the city limits of Tulsa are served by Independent School District (ISD) #1. School districts are separate government entities and a part of the state education system.
All Oklahoma school board elections are held the second Tuesday in February. If no candidate has a majority of the votes, there is a run-off election the first Tuesday in April. The larger school districts are divided geographically into offices, with staggered terms for school board members. Election of new officers of the boards are not held until February.
Note: Salaries are total compensation as of November 15, 2019, as set forth here.
Tulsa ISD #1
Sand Springs ISD #2
Broken Arrow #3
Bixby ISD #4
Jenks ISD #5
Collinsville ISD #6
Skiatook ISD #7
Sperry ISD #8
Union ISD #9
Berryhill ISD #10
Owasso ISD #11
Glenpool ISD #13
Liberty ISD #14
Tulsa Technology Center District #18
The Tulsa County Area Vocational/Technical School District #18 was created by the state legislature for students in Tulsa County and parts of Osage, Creek, Okmulgee, Pawnee, Washington and Wagoner Counties. The district is divided into 7 zones.
Visit our General Resources page for more information on school districts in the Metropolitan Tulsa area.
Oklahoma State Government
The Executive Branch of the State of Oklahoma is headed by the Governor, who is the chief executive officer. Other elected State officials are: Lieutenant Governor, State Treasurer, Attorney General, State Auditor and Inspector, Commissioner of Insurance, Commissioner of Labor, Corporation Commissioners, and Superintendent of Public Instruction. The Corporation Commissioners serve staggered six-year terms; all others serve four-year terms.
The Executive Branch is responsible for executing and enforcing the laws enacted by the legislative bodies.
Governor (Salary: $147,00) (website)
Lieutenant Governor (Salaray: $114,718) (website)
State Auditor and Inspector (Salary: $114,713) (website)
Attorney General (Salary: $132,850) (website)
State Treasurer (Salary: $114,713) (website)
Superintendent of Public Instruction (Salary: $124,373) (website)
Commissioner of Labor (Salary: $105,053) (website)
Insurance Commissioner (Salary: $109,250) (website)
Corporation Commissioners (Salaries: Commissioner $114,713; Chair $116,713) (website)
Download a complete list of Oklahoma State Elected Officials here.
The Governor organizes the various executive departments, agencies, boards, and commissions under a cabinet system. At present the Executive Cabinet consists of the Lieutenant Governor and fifteen Secretaries, appointed by the Governor, with the advice and consent of the Senate. Each Secretary serves at the pleasure of the Governor
Oklahoma State Ethics Commission
Executive Director (Salary: $112,442)
The Ethics Commission is a constitutional state agency, consisting of five members, who serve terms of five years. The Governor, Attorney General, President Pro Tempore of the Senate, Speaker of the House of Representatives, and Chief Justice of the Supreme Court each appoints a person who is a registered voter of the State. A Commissioner is not eligible for elected office for two years after completing his or her term.
The mission of the Commission is to promote Oklahoma citizens’ confidence in state government. To that end, the Commission:
- promulgates rules of ethical conduct for state officers and employees, including civil penalties for violations of such rules;
- promulgates rules of ethical conduct for state candidate and issue campaigns, including civil penalties for violations of such rules;
- assists in and monitors the disclosure of campaign financing by state and local candidates and committees, personal financial disclosure by state and county officers and employees, and registration and reporting by lobbyists;
- assists in and monitors the political activity and official conduct of state officers/employees in order to prevent conflicts of interest;
- serves as the repository for, and makes available for public inspection and copying, all required disclosure documents; and
- issues opinions on the constitutional rules, and investigates and prosecutes alleged violations thereof.
Oklahoma's Legislature is composed of a Senate and a House of Representatives with Senators elected for four years and Representatives for two. All Representatives, and half of the Senators, are elected at each general election. There are 48 Senate districts and 101 House of Representatives districts. In 1991, terms of office were limited to 12 years. Annual sessions are limited to 90 legislative days, beginning the first Monday in February and ending no later than the last Friday in May.
Qualifications: A State Senator must be at least 25 years of age at the time of election, must be a resident of the district during the term in office and must have been registered in party in the same district for 6 months prior to the filing period. A Senator’s term is 4 years.
All Oklahoma City senate offices are in the East Wing of the State Capitol Building, located at 2300 North Lincoln Blvd, Oklahoma City, OK 73105. The salary of State Senators is $38,400. The President Pro Tem’s salary is $56,332, and that of the majority and minority leaders is $50,764.
Senate Districts serving Metropolitan Tulsa: 2, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 18, 25, 29, 33, 34, 35, 36, 37, 39
Qualifications: A member of the House of Representatives must be at least 21 years of age and must be a resident of the representative district. A candidate with a party affiliation must have been registered in that party in the district 6 months prior to the filing period. An Independent must have been a registered voter in the district for 6 months prior to the filing period. Representatives serve two-year terms, with elections in every even-numbered year; the current terms expire in November, 2022.
All Oklahoma Representatives offices are in the West Wing of the State Capitol Building at 2300 North Lincoln Blvd, Oklahoma City, OK 73105. The Salary of a Representative is $38,400; that of the Speaker of the House is $56,332.
House Districts serving Metropolitan Tulsa: 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 16, 23, 29, 30, 35, 36, 66, 67, 68, 69, 70, 71, 72, 73, 74, 75, 76, 78, 80, 98
Not sure who represents you? Look up your legislator here.
Oklahoma Judicial Offices
The Oklahoma Court System is made up of the Supreme Court, the Court of Criminal Appeals, the Court of Civil Appeals, and 77 District Courts. Administrative services for the Court System are provided by the Administrative Office of the Courts.
STATE APPELLATE COURTS
All voters in Oklahoma vote by nonpartisan ballot to retain state appellate justices and judges who file for a new term of office or are to complete a term of the office to which they have been appointed because a vacancy existed. Appellate judiciary are appointed by the Oklahoma Governor from a list of three merit nominees submitted by the Judicial Nominating Commission, a body of thirteen state attorneys and laypersons who review all applications for vacant appellate judicial offices. All appellate offices are for designated districts for staggered six-year terms. Newly appointed justices must be retained by a vote of the people at the next statewide General Election.
At least one-third of all appellate offices appear on the retention ballot at each state general election. If a candidate is not retained by the voters, the Governor fills the vacancy with a merit nominee.
Oklahoma Supreme Court
The Oklahoma Supreme Court has appellate jurisdiction in civil matters. There are nine Justices, who serve six-year terms. A justice is appointed from and must reside within a designated geographic district of the state. The Supreme Court sits in the State Capitol in Oklahoma City. The Chief and Vice Chief Justice are chosen by a majority vote of the justices.
The annual salary for the Supreme Court Chief Justice is $147,000. The annual salary for the Vice Chief Justice and the Associate Justices is $137,655. Salaries are established by the Board of Judicial Compensation, except when overturned by the Legislature. As a result of legislative action, Supreme Court Judges, like virtually all other State employees, have not received cost-of-living salary adjustments in more than eight years.
Administrative Director of the Courts (Salary: $130,410)
Oklahoma Court of Criminal Appeals
The Oklahoma Court of Criminal Appeals has appellate jurisdiction in criminal matters. There are five judges of the Court of Criminal Appeals who serve six-year terms. Each is appointed from and must reside within one of five geographic districts of Oklahoma. The presiding and vice presiding judge are determined by the judges and serve two-year terms. The Court of Criminal Appeals in Oklahoma is also a court of last resort.
The salary of the Presiding Judge is $142,485, and that of the other judges is $137,655. Salaries are established by the Board of Judicial Compensation, except when overturned by the Legislature; as a result of legislative action, Court of Criminal Appeals Judges, like virtually all other State employees, have not received cost-of-living salary adjustments in more than eight years.
Clerk of the Appellate Courts (Salary: $105,053)
Oklahoma Court of Civic Appeals
The Court of Civil Appeals is the intermediate court with appellate jurisdiction in civil matters. There are twelve judges of the Court of Civil Appeals who serve six-year terms. Each is appointed initially from and must reside within one of six geographic districts of Oklahoma. Each judge is appointed by the Governor from a list of three candidates presented by the Judicial Nominating Commission.
The Court has four divisions; two divisions located in Oklahoma City and two in Tulsa. The offices of Chief Judge and Vice Chief Judge are for two-year terms and are based on rotation of the twelve civil appeals judicial positions.
The annual salary for the Chief Judge is $132,825; the annual salary for the Vice-Chief and the ten other judges is $130,410. Salaries are established by the Board of Judicial Compensation, except when overturned by the Legislature. As a result of legislative action, Court of Civil Appeals Judges, like virtually all other State employees, have not received cost-of-living salary adjustments in more than eight years.
Workers' Compensation Court
The Workers’ Compensation Court adjudicates Oklahoma Workers’ Compensation Claims. The Court is located in both Oklahoma City and Tulsa. Awards or decisions of the Court are final unless appealed to the Oklahoma Supreme Court within 20 days. Judges are not elected but appointed by the Governor from three merit nominations submitted by the Judicial Nominating Commission. The ten judges serve eight-year terms. Expirations of terms are staggered by office.
Annual salary for all judges is $124,373. Salaries are established by the Board of Judicial Compensation, except when overturned by the Legislature; as a result of legislative action, Workers’ Compensation Court Judges, like virtually all other State employees, have not received cost-of-living salary adjustments in more than eight years.
TULSA DISTRICT AND MUNICIPAL COURTS
Tulsa-Pawnee Counties District Court Judicial District #14
The majority of Oklahoma’s State Judicial Officers are the Judges of the District Courts. They are usually the first contact a citizen has with the judicial system. District Court Judges hear both civil and criminal matters. Nine Presiding Judges of Oklahoma’s Judicial Districts are elected by the State District Court Judiciary to assist in the administration of the State’s trial courts. These judges represent different geographic areas and meet monthly with members of the Supreme Court and Court of Criminal Appeals to discuss trends, topics and developments that affect the administration of justice in Oklahoma.
Voters in Tulsa and Pawnee counties are in the 14th Judicial District, which has two associate District Judges (Tulsa and Pawnee Counties) and fourteen District Court judges. District judges are elected every four years. Election for District Court office is by nonpartisan ballot at the State General Election. In the 14th Judicial District, nine of the judicial offices are designated “at large” offices, to be elected by all Tulsa and Pawnee County voters; five offices are designated as electoral divisions within the geographic boundaries of Tulsa County, to be elected only by voters residing within a division.
All incumbent judges who seek to retain office file as candidates for the state general election. If an incumbent draws no opponent, he or she retains that office for another four years. If more than one opponent files for a particular office, the opposing candidate is determined at the time of the state primary by the most votes. There is no run-off election for judicial office. Vacancies in District Court judicial offices are filled by appointment of the Governor from a list of three merit nominees submitted by the State Judicial Nominating Commission. All current office terms expire in 1/2019.
The Salary for the District Court Judges is $131,835. Salaries are established by the Board of Judicial Compensation, except when overturned by the Legislature. As a result of legislative action, District Court Judges, like virtually all other State employees, have not received cost-of-living salary adjustments in more than eight years.
Tulsa County Associate District Judge (Salary: $121,595)
Pawnee County Associate District Judge (Salary: $121,595)
Special Judges (Salary: $105,053)
Eighteen special judges serve in the 14th Judicial District. These judges are limited in the subject matter they may hear. Special judges are appointed by and serve at the pleasure of a majority of the district court judges of the judicial district.
Court Administrator (Salary $111,356)
Court Clerk (Salary $ 100,388)
City of Tulsa Municipal Court Judicial Offices
The municipal courts of the cities of Tulsa and Oklahoma City differ from other Oklahoma municipal courts in being courts-of-record; that is, cases in these two municipal courts may be appealed directly to the Oklahoma Court of Criminal Appeals.
Municipal judges in Oklahoma are not elected by the voters but are appointed by the governing body of the municipality. The Tulsa City Council appoints municipal judges and alternate judges from the recommendations of a city Judicial Nominating Committee (JNC) comprised of nine persons: six attorneys and three laypersons. Three members of the JNC are appointed by the City Council, three by the Tulsa County Bar Association, and three by the mayor in office.
The JNC recommendations to the City Council for full-time judicial appointment are based on written and oral comment from the public, the State Bar Association, court personnel, and personal observation of the full-time judges. The criteria used are adopted from the Oklahoma Code of Judicial Conduct.
The three full-time judges of the City Of Tulsa Municipal Court and ten alternate judges serve two-year terms; all of the current judges’ terms expire June 30, 2014. Salary for the full-time judges is $105,000, and for alternate judges $3,492. Salaries are set by resolution by the Tulsa City Council.
Administrator of Tulsa Municipal Court (Salary: $103,000)
President (Salary: $400,000; four-year term to January, 2021)
The White House, 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, Washington, DC 20501
Vice President (Salary: $230,700; four-year term to January 2021)
The White House, 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, Washington, DC 20501
For current information about the national government, including nominations and confirmations of officials subsequent to the publication date of the printed version of this Directory, see usa.gov
THE CABINET (Salary: $199,700, with the exception of the Vice President); listed in order of succession to the Presidency; the Speaker of the House of Representatives and the President Pro Tem of the Senate precede all except the Vice President.
Department of Agriculture (website)
Department of Defense - Attorney General (website)
Department of Commerce (website)
Council of Economic Advisors (website)
Department of Defense (website)
Department of Education (website)
Department of Energy (website)
Environmental Protection Agency (website)
Department of Health and Human Services (website)
Department of Homeland Security (website)
Department of Housing and Urban Development (website)
Department of the Interior (website)
Department of Labor (website)
Director of National Intelligence (website)
Office of Science & Technology Policy (website)
Small Business Administration (website)
Department of State (website)
Department of Transportation (website)
Department of the Treasury (website)
U.S. Trade Representative (website)
U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. (website)
Department of Veterans Affairs (website)
Vice President Kamala Harris
White House Chief of Staff
A full list of the current administration can be found here.
United States Congress
Oklahoma Senators (Six-year terms. Salary: $174,000 up to $193,400 for leadership positions)
Oklahoma Representatives (Two-year terms. Salary: $174,000 up to $223,500 for top leadership positions)
District #1 Tulsa
District #2 Muskogee
District #3 Cheyenne
District #4 Moore
District #5 Warr Acres