Canadian County ballot printer approved

Midwest Printing selected (again) for busy 2022 election year

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Canadian County Election Board Secretary Wanda Armold

By Conrad Dudderar
Staff Writer

EL RENO – With county school elections looming and record voter registration, Canadian County officials have selected the company that will print ballots for 2022.

Canadian County now has about 89,000 registered voters, with an increase mirroring the county’s 33.6% population growth over the past decade.

On Nov. 15, the county commissioners awarded a “low bid” to Midwest Printing of Sapulpa to print ballots that Canadian County voters will see at the ballot box.

Midwest Printing’s bid was 13 cents each for 14-inch ballots and 14 cents each for 19-inch ballots. The prices are the same for regular, absentee and sample ballots.

The only other bidder was Royal Printing of Oklahoma City, which bid 13.5 cents for the 14-inch ballots and 14.5 cents for the 19-inch ballots.

Canadian County Election Board Secretary Wanda Armold recommended commissioners award the annual contract to Midwest Printing as she and her staff prepare for a busy election season.

Besides Midwest Printing offering lower prices, Armold prefers using this vendor because they will separate ballot books, which are bound in sets of 50 using large staples that are difficult to remove.

“We have some small precincts that only need 25 ballots,” the county election chief explained. “Midwest will separate (the books) where we need them to. Royal will not.”

First up in 2022 will be February elections for many Canadian County school districts.

Next year will feature other elections for Canadian County government offices, state legislative and congressional seats, and municipal propositions.

Canadian County has used Midwest Printing to print ballots for this year’s elections.

“They even brought me ballots in an ice storm,” Armold noted.

ODDS N ENDS …

In other business at their weekly meeting Nov. 15, Canadian County Commissioners approved:

  • The fiscal year 2021 financial statement and FY2022 estimate of needs totaling $33,841,137.33 for the Canadian County general fund. The county excise board still must approve the final budget.
  • Selecting the Oklahoma Department of Transportation engineering firm EST, Inc./Lochner Engineering of Oklahoma City to conduct county bridge inspections. Three firms were interviewed among six on the candidate list.
  • A final plat for Wolf Creek Meadows, a new housing development in an unincorporated area northwest of Piedmont. The addition will have private streets maintained by property owners, not the county.

In the weekly Canadian County Jail report, Undersheriff Kevin Ward said the inmate population totaled 249. That includes 227 prisoners in the El Reno detention center and 22 in other counties.

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