Approval for new Tulsa County Election Board Headquarters is given in seconds

TULSA, Okla. — The Board of County Commissioners wasted no time Thursday morning.

All three commissioners voted unanimously to approve spending $9.1 million dollars to relocate the Tulsa County Election Board headquarters, in just four seconds.

The plan to relocate the headquarters has been in the works for two years. Right now, the headquarters stands near on Denver Avenue near E. 11th Street and S. Garnett Road.

“We had approved the purchase to finalize the contract of the building and this was the final transaction to move the money over to make the payment,” Commissioner Sallee said.

The new building will be 120,000 square feet. 80,000 will be on the bottom floor, where the operations will take place.

Money from the American Rescue Act, a federal program, will pay for the new building.

“The burden isn’t necessarily solely on the residents of Tulsa County,” Sallee added.

The current headquarters is an old, converted grocery store. The County has been there since the early 1980s.

“Our election board has been overcrowded and due to COVID it really transformed the way people vote and we need more storage space. We outgrew that very rapidly,” Sallee said.

Sallee said the future location of the Tulsa County Election Board headquarters will be more efficient than the current location.

“It serves more of the polling precincts in a growth area of the community, accessibility is excellent. We have bus traffic that goes by there as well, and it’s a safer more secure facility which is very important to us,” he said.

The new location has loading docks for transport of all the ballots and equipment, which will be moved in by the end of 2024.