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Voters Should Apply Early for Absentee Ballots

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Voters in Jefferson County who want to have absentee ballots mailed to them for the November 6 General Election should apply now, County Election Board Secretary Richardson said today. Although the County Election Board can accept applications for absentee ballots until 5 p.m. on Wednesday, October 31, Richardson 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 220 N. Main Street, Rm #203, Waurika, OK.  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.

Richardson 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,” Richardson 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 FVAP website. 

Beware of Latest Phone Scam Offering to Register Voters Online

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The Oklahoma State Election Board has been notified by the National Association of Secretaries of State and the National Association of State Election Directors of a potential scam involving phone calls offering to register people to vote over the phone. Such calls have been reported in other states and are being investigated by the FBI and U.S. Department of Homeland Security. Voters cannot be registered over the phone. Neither election officials nor legitimate voter advocacy groups will ever offer to register you to vote or send you absentee ballots based solely on a phone conversation. Do not give out personal information over the phone. If you receive such a call, please contact the Oklahoma State Election Board at (405) 521-2391 and report it as soon as possible. For more information about registering to vote in Oklahoma, visit www.elections.ok.gov and click the “Register to Vote” link at the top of the page.

Voter Registration Deadline is October 12th

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Friday, October 12th, is the last day to apply for voter registration in order to be eligible to vote in the November 6 General Election, Jefferson County Election Board Secretary Tammy Richardson said today.

Richardson said that persons who are United States citizens, residents of Oklahoma, and at least 18 years old may apply to become registered voters.

Those who aren’t registered or need to change their registration may apply by filling out and mailing an Oklahoma Voter Registration Application form in time for it to be postmarked no later than midnight Friday, October 12th.

Richardson said applications postmarked after that time will be accepted and processed, but not until after November 6th.

The County Election Board responds in writing to every person who submits an application for voter registration.  The response is either a voter identification card listing the new voter’s precinct number and polling place location or a letter that explains the reason or reasons the application for voter registration was not approved.  Richardson said any person who has submitted a voter registration application and who has not received a response within 30 days should contact the County Election Board office.

Oklahoma Voter Registration Application forms are available at the County Election Board office located at 220 N. Main Street, Rm. #203, Waurika, OK and at most post offices, tag agencies and public libraries in the county. Applications also are available at www.elections.ok.gov.

New Election Board service lets voters sign up for e-mail and text reminders of upcoming elections

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 (Oklahoma City) – A new service launched this week will allow voters to update their address or party affiliation online, Oklahoma State Election Board Secretary Paul Ziriax said Monday.

The system went live Monday morning on the Oklahoma State Election Board’ website at www.elections.ok.gov.

Voters who are already registered to vote may use the service to change their residential or mailing address within their current county. They may also update their party affiliation. Address changes to a new county, name changes and new voter registrations will still require a completed paper form, which can be downloaded on the website.

Legislators have authorized online voter registration in the state, however the law requires the system be tied to the Oklahoma Department of Public Safety’s driver’s license database and includes certain technical requirements that cannot be met until the department’s computer system is upgraded. That computer system is currently being modernized, and officials are hopeful full online voter registration will be available sometime in 2020.

Election board officials worked with legislators last year to authorize the system that went live Monday as a first phase in online voter registration.

“We are pleased to announce the launch of phase one of Oklahoma’s online voter registration project, the Online Voter Registration Update service,” Ziriax said. “This new system provides a secure and convenient way for registered voters to update their address within the same county or change their party affiliation. Those wishing to make other changes to their voter registration or register to vote for the first time can do so by using a traditional voter registration application, which is available on the State Election Board website, county election board offices, tag agencies, and many other locations around Oklahoma.”

To update your information, visit www.elections.ok.gov and click the link that says, “Update Voter Registration Information Online.”