Many options open to voters
Cimarron County voters wanting to vote early may do so even though they have missed the mailed ballot deadline.
Registered voters may still vote in-person absentee on Friday, October 29, from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Saturday, Oct. 30 from 8 a.m to 1 p.m. and on Monday, Nov. 1, from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. in the Election Board office, in the courthouse basement.
In-person absentee voters are required to fill out an application, that swears they have not voted absentee by mail and not to vote at their polling place on election day. But, they are not required to give a reason for voting absentee.
Special assistance is available to four groups of individuals wishing to vote on Nov. 2.
H Physically disabled voters who cannot enter the polling place.
H Voters who need assistance in marking their ballots.
H Blind or visually disabled voters
H Voters who are illiterate.
None of these individuals may be assisted by their employer, or an agent thereof, or an officer or agent of the voter's union.
Persons providing assistance must swear or affirm that the voter's ballot will be completed as to his or her wishes.
Two other kinds of assistance are also provided.
H Voters who have moved since the last election but have not transferred their residence may do so by going to the polling place their registration had previously been. While voting they may fill out a transfer of registration.
H The next of kin of a deceased individual may cancel that registration.
Vote early Nov. 2
Vicki Turner, Cimarron County's Election Board Secretary advises voters to go to the polls early on Nov. 2
The polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., for the General election.
She also advises to bring your registration card with you.
Correct ballot marking
A correctly marked ballot will show a filled in arrow, and an example is shown in the polling place.
If you have questions preferably call early or consult with a precinct official.
If you make a mistake return the spoiled ballot to an official and receive another.
Sample ballots are available
Sample ballots are available in the Election Board office in the courthouse basement.
Violations of the Oklahoma Election laws will be reported.
Turner said that the election board will be watching for illegal electioneering and other violations.
H It is unlawful to electioneer within 300 yards of any ballot box.
H It is unlawful to disclose to anyone how you voted while still within the election enclosure.
H To remove or bring into the polling place a ballot.
H To take any intoxicating liquors within one-half mile of a polling place.
H It is illegal for anyone not voting or who isn't an election official to be within 50 feet of a ballot box during an election.
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