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More absentee ballot guidance

Have you heard about “naked” ballots after a viral video? Tulsa County Election Board Secretary Gwen Freeman said to worry more about completing the affidavit properly than “clothing” your ballots.

“We will most certainly accept ballots that are in the envelope unsealed. It happens frequently. We will even accept ballots that are not enclosed in the white secrecy envelope,” she said in an email to Tulsa World.

“Sometimes people lose the envelope or forget to enclose the ballot in the envelope. These ballots are accepted and counted as long as the affidavit is properly executed.”

The deadline to request a ballot is officially Oct. 27, but waiting that long can put an unnecessary burden on an already-strained U.S. Postal Service. Not to mention probably making local election board officials work a 16-hour day at the deadline to ensure voters will receive their absentee ballots with enough time to complete and mail them back.

The postmark date doesn’t matter: Your absentee ballot has to be at the county election board by 7 p.m. on Election Day to be counted. Some have recommended returning ballots by Oct. 28 to ensure they’ll be processed and received on time.

Read more: Tulsa County Election Board works through historic absentee voting surge ahead of general election

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How to best resolve a dispute with a home contractor

The final column in our painful moving saga concludes today by continuing the right moves to resolve your trials and tribulations. Sure, that expensive — at least to your family — undertaking may have turned out to be a lovely conclusion, but the stress was so intense, every hair on your head turned gray during the debacle. Let’s see what other options consumers “enjoy” to help resolve their dispute.

Arbitration clauses often are integral in dispute resolution cases, and professional arbiters can help fairly with a settlement. Even if no clause is included, you may be able to get the contractor with whom you are having your disagreement to agree to an arbitration proceeding to avoid dragging him or her into court. The objective in our current litigious society is to get the parties to present their case to an impartial third party (the arbiter) who will then render a decision. Whether it is binding or not is a question of the paperwork; for instance, did everybody sign a written agreement upfront guaranteeing compliance to the decision of the arbiter?

Fortunately, it goes without saying that cooler heads do prevail, and sitting down in a room with this mindset and a “leader” to try to solve the problem may succeed. I might add an option not usually mentioned is to use Mr. Trump’s reality punchline, “You’re fired!” if a contractor doesn’t perform quality work or — in my case — doesn’t work on the property consistently. Shoddy work will require fixing by a competent contractor, plus it may cost extra to undo the poorly completed work. Several years ago, we once hired a contractor to enclose a porch; the work was so substandard that we went through five other folks before the screened porch was effectively completed!

And, even if

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