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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: THURSDAY, JUNE 11, 2020

CONTACT: Sharon Steele, 918-647-3701

 

Voters in Leflore County who want to have absentee ballots mailed to them for the June 30

Primary Election should apply now, County Election Board Secretary Sharon Steele said today.

Although the County Election Board can accept applications for absentee ballots until 5 p.m. on

Tuesday, June 23, Steele urged voters who want to vote by absentee ballot to apply early.

Absentee ballot application forms are available at the County Election Board office located at

103 N. Church St., 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 County Election Board officials by 7 p.m. on Election Day to

be counted.

Steele said 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 within the geographical

boundaries of a school district or a municipality to be eligible to vote in school district or municipal

elections. It is not necessary to give a reason for voting absentee.

"While anyone can vote absentee without giving a reason, the law still provides several

advantages to absentee voters in some categories," Steele said.

By stating one of the following reasons on their applications, absentee voters can activate

special conditions that make it easier for them to use absentee ballots. The reasons are:

  • Voters who are physically incapacitated and voters who care for physically

incapacitated persons 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. An

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 receive absentee ballots. These voters may

apply only by mail, fax, or by email. Military personnel should contact the Voting

Service Officers in their units for application forms and additional 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 United States military installation and from United States

Embassies and Consulates as well as on the FV AP website.

David Deaton

Digital Editor at Oklahoma Welcome

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