Monday, 29 June 2020 13:03

Good turn-out for Early Voters in LeFlore County Featured

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According to Sharon Steele, LeFlore County Election Board Secretary, there were 627 early in-person voters during the 3 days of early voting. Steele also said, “There were 514 requests for absentee ballots and 342 of those have been received at the Election Board Office by 10:00 AM today.”

Absentee Voting Information:

If your absentee ballot was mailed to you, you must return it to the county election board by mail. An absentee ballot must be received by the county election board before 7 p.m. on election day to be counted. Standard absentee ballots may also be delivered in-person to your county election board during regular business hours. Ballots delivered by hand must be returned no later than the end of business hours on the day before the election. Only standard absentee ballots may be returned in-person, and the voter must show proper identification. Those who request absentee ballots under the special conditions listed below for those who are physically incapacitated or care for physically incapacitated persons who cannot be left alone may only return their ballots by mail.

The State Election Board worked with OU Health Sciences Center to develop safety protocols for all of Oklahoma’s 2,000 polling places and 77 county election boards. Poll workers at every location have been supplied with personal protective equipment (PPE) including hand sanitizer, gloves, masks, and disinfectant. 

Voters are asked to be patient and follow signage and procedures. While it is not required, the State Election Board strongly recommends that voters wear a mask to protect themselves and those around them.

Find more on COVID-19 and the 2020 elections at https://www.ok.gov/elections/Voter_Info/Covid-19_and_2020_Elections.html.

Oklahoma has closed primaries; however, recognized parties may open their primaries to Independent voters. For the 2020 and 2021 election years, the Democratic Party has elected to open its primaries to Independents. The Republican and Libertarian parties have chosen to keep their primaries closed.

If you are an Independent voter and would like to vote a Democratic ballot, please be sure to let the poll worker know when you check in.

If you have questions about the 2020 Oklahoma Primary Elections, State Questions 802, or any other election related questions, use the Oklahoma election online tools found at https://www.ok.gov/elections/index.html.

David Deaton

Digital Editor at Oklahoma Welcome

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