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Now is the time to Apply Early for Absentee Ballots Featured

Written by  Thursday, 07 June 2018 23:44
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“Voters in LeFlore County who want to have absentee ballots mailed to them for the June 26th Primary Election and City of Poteau Special Municipal Election should apply now,” County Election board Secretary Sharon Steele said today.


Although the County Election Board can accept application for absentee ballot until 5p.m on Wednesday June 20th, Steele urged voters who want to vote by absentee to apply early.
Absentee ballot applications forms are available at the County Election Board office located at 103 N. Church Street in Poteau. An online version of the form can be filled out and submitted electronically at www.elections.ok.gov. A print form can also be downloaded at that address.


Ballots must be in the hands of the County Election Board officials by 7 p.m. on Election Day in order to be counted.


Steele said that any registered voter may vote by absentee ballot in any election in which he/she is eligible to vote. However, a voter must be registered and reside at an address with the geographical boundaries of a school district or municipality to be eligible to vote in a school district or municipal election. It is not necessary to give a reason, or excuse for voting absentee.
"While anyone can vote absentee without giving reason, the law still provides several advantages to absentee voters in some categories,” said Steele.


By stating one of the following reasons on their applications, these voters can activate some special conditions that make it easier for them to use absentee ballots. The reasons are:
• Voters are physically incapacitated and voters who care for a physically incapacitated person who cannot be left unattended may vote absentee. They may apply only by mail, by fax, by email, online or via an agent who is at least 16 years of age and who is not employed by or related within the third degree of consanguinity or affinity to any person whose name appears on the ballot.


• Voters who are confined to nursing homes in the county may vote absentee. The Absentee Voting board actually goes to the nursing home a few days before the election, sets up a small polling place and allows these persons to vote under circumstances similar to those at a regular precinct polling place. They may apply only by mail, by fax, by email, online or via an agent who is at least 16 years of age and who is not employed by or related within the third degree of consanguinity or affinity to any person whose name appears on the ballot.


• Military personnel and residents of the county living overseas and the spouses and dependents of each group are eligible to vote absentee. These voters may apply only be mail, fax or by email. Military personnel should contact the Voting Services Officers in their unit for application forms and any other information or visit the Federal Voting Assistance Program website (www.fvap.gov/oklahoma) for more information and instructions. Residents of Oklahoma living overseas can obtain the same materials from any US military installation and from United States Embassies and Consulates as well as on the FVAP website.

David Deaton

Digital Editor at Oklahoma Welcome

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