Brookside HD 71 battle: Provisional ballots to decide

Six provisional ballots remain to be counted in the Tulsa House District 71 race.

Democrat Dan Arthrell had three more votes than Republican Katie Henke in unofficial returns that showed Arthrell with 1,416 votes to Henke’s 1,413 votes, but the Tuesday night tally does not include six provisional ballots that won’t be opened until 12:30 p.m. Friday.  Regardless of those votes, the election is likely to go to a recount.
A request for a recount would have to be filed with the state Election Board by 5 p.m. Friday. A judge would then set the time and day for the recount.
House District 71 has been a GOP seat in recent years, but now trends to an even split in registered  voters. The seat has been held by the GOP’s Dan Sullivan, who resigned to become head of the Grand River Dam Authority.