Sample ballots are available; those wishing to vote

Sample ballots

Sample ballots for the midterm elections on Nov. 7, are now available at the Cimarron county Election Board Office in the Courthouse basement. The ballots may be seen during regular office hours from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. The ballots will also be posted outside each precinct polling place so voters can view them before casting their vote(s).

Absentee ballots

According to Cimarron County Election Board Secretary Vicki Turner, registered voters wanting to vote absentee have missed the deadline to have ballots mailed to them.

However, those voters wishing to vote absentee will be able to do so on Friday, Nov. 3, from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. and on Saturday, Nov. 4, from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. and again on Monday, Nov. 6, from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. in the Cimarron County Election Board Office in the basement of the Cimarron County Court House.

The absentee voters will be required to complete an application form at the office; but they are not required to give a reason for voting absentee. But, they will be required to swear that they have not voted by mail-in ballot and that they will not vote at their precinct on Nov. 7.

The Absentee Voting Board will verify the voters registration then issue the ballot. The voter will then take the ballot to the privacy of a voting booth to mark the ballot and then insert it in the voting device.

Assistance will be available

Voters needing special assistance will have help for the midterm elections on Tuesday Nov. 7. Voters who cannot enter the polling place because of physical disabilities; those needing help marking their ballots, those with visual disabilities, or those unable to read the ballot, may be assisted by an individual of their choosing, providing that person is not their employer, an agent of the employer, or an agent of the voter's union. The individual assisting must also swear or affirm that the voter's ballots will be marked in accordance with the voter's wishes.

Voting by phone

Those voters described above also have the option of voting independently by phone on either Nov. 3, 4, 6 or 7. This option is available by request. An election official will dial into the telephone voting system and selects the voters correct ballot from a menu. The voter then listens to the ballot over the phone and makes their selections on the telephone key pad. The voter may then review and if necessary change any selection and hear the votes read back before casting the ballot.

Voters who have moved since the last election but have not yet transferred their registration may return to vote and then have the registration changes.

The next of kin of a deceased voter may also have those registrations cancelled.

Polls open at 7 a.m. Nov. 7.

Cimarron County voters are advised to go to the polls as early as possible on Tuesday, Nov. 7. The polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. ; and any registered voter in line at 7 p.m. will be allowed to vote.

Election Secretary Vicki Turner said voters are encouraged to take their Voter's Identification Cards to the polls.

Turner explained that a valid ballot will have a filled in arrow next to the voter's choice. The ballot should then be inserted in the voting device. If the device reads too many valid markings for a single office or question, the ballot will be returned to the voter.

Turner explained that should the voter make a mistake on the ballot it could be destroyed and another issued.

Turner explained that any violation of election law will be reported to the proper law enforcement authorities. Those violations include revealing how the voter cast their ballot within the voting enclosure, removing a ballot from the polling place, bringing a ballot into the polling place, and taking intoxicating liquors within one-half mile of a polling place. It is also unlawful for anyone, other than those voters waiting to vote, and/or election officials to be within 50 feet of a ballot box during an election.

Those recently incapacitated may vote

Registered voters of Cimarron County who have become physically incapacitated after 5 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 31, won't have to miss the Nov. 7 election. Election Board Secretary Vicki Turner said state law permits such voters to vote on an emergency basis. Physical incapacitation includes injury, illness, and childbirth.

If you think you, or someone you know fits this criteria call 544-3377 , for these or any questions involving the election.

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