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Turnout light in Oklahoma race with dead candidate

Dead Candidate Oklahoma
Posted at 1:04 PM, Apr 02, 2019
and last updated 2019-04-02 14:04:22-04

EDMOND, Okla. (AP) -- The Latest on a municipal election in an Oklahoma City suburb that includes a candidate who died in December (all times local):

12:55 p.m.

Turnout appeared to be light in a race for mayor in an Oklahoma City suburb where one of the candidates died three months ago.

At one precinct in Edmond, just two people had voted my midmorning Tuesday.

Mayor Charles Lamb died Dec. 11 , days after filing for re-election but beyond the deadline to remove his name from the ballot.

Lamb's name is on the ballot with former Mayor Dan O'Neil, who finished ahead of Lamb in February's primary.

At another precinct voter John Benson said he's "not going to vote for a dead man." Voter Carolyn Hines said she would have voted for Lamb if he were alive, but voted for O'Neil because she's uncomfortable with the City Council appointing the mayor should Lamb be elected.

Polls are open until 7 p.m.

12:17 a.m.

Voters in an Oklahoma City suburb will choose a mayor from two men who held the job before, except that one of them is dead.

City rules say the name of the late Edmond Mayor Charles Lamb, who died Dec. 11 while in office, must appear on Tuesday's ballot facing Dan O'Neil, also a former mayor. Lamb came in second to O'Neil in February's primary.

If Lamb wins, the City Council would appoint a mayor. City spokesman Casey Moore says when Lamb died, the deadline to remove his name from the ballot had passed.

Edmond resident Michelle Schaefer organized a Facebook campaign backing Lamb because she wants City Councilman Nick Massey to be appointed and carry on the late mayor's policies.

Massey said he would be "honored" to accept the appointment but would not campaign for people to vote for Lamb.

Polls are open Tuesday from 7 a.m. until 7 p.m.

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