Election voter deadlines near
The polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Tuesday, July 25 for the Yarbrough Special election and Primary.
A valid ballot marking is a filled in arrow.
If mistakes are made, the ballot should be returned to the election board for destruction and the issuance of a fresh ballot.
Voters should take their voters ID to the polls.
Those voters whose name cannot be found in the registration book or if they disagree with the information given, must cast a provisional ballot.
Polling places are:
#2- Felt School
#3- City Hall
#5- Methodist Church- West door
#6- Keyes School
#7- Plainview School
Those wishing to vote by absentee ballot have missed the deadline to have the ballot mailed.
However they can still vote absentee from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m on Friday July 21, and from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m on Saturday July 22 and from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Monday, July 24 in the Cimarron County election Board Office in the Courthouse Basement.
The voter will be required to complete an application form when they arrive.
Voters who registered by mail will be required to show ID, as required by a new Federal law.
ID acceptable are:
F A current photo ID.
F Voter card
F A government document.
F A copy of a utility bill showing the voter's name and address.
Friday, July 28, 2006 is the last day to apply for voter registration so that a voter might be eligible to vote in the Runoff primary, on Aug. 22.
Individuals who are United States citizens, residents of Oklahoma and at least 18 years of age are eligible to apply.
Individuals who have never registered, those not currently registered in the county of their residence and those registered but need to change the information, may apply by filling out and mailing an Oklahoma Voter Registration Application form and have it postmarked no later than midnight , July 27.
Applications postmarked after that time will be processed, but not approved until after Aug. 22. The applicant cannot vote in the August primary.
The election board will respond in writing to each applicant. That response will either be an ID card listing the voter's new precinct, or a letter explaining why the application was denied.
If you have submitted an application and failed to receive an answer within 30 days should contact the election Board office.
Applications are available at the Election Board Office in the Cimarron County Courthouse basement.
Registered voters in Cimarron County who become incapacitated after 5 p.m. Tuesday, July 18 won't have to miss the July 25 Primary election.
State law permits registered voters who are unable to go to the polls because of incapacitation to vote on an emergency basis. Incapacitation includes injury, illness or childbirth.
Call 544-3377 if you or someone you know fits this category.
Sample ballots are available
Sample ballots for the primary and Yarbrough Special elections are available in the Election Board Office; the office hours are from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m , Monday through Friday. Sample ballots will be posted outside the polls on election day.
Special assistance offered
Special assistance will be offered to four groups of voters at the July 25 primary and Yarbrough Special Election
F Physically disabled voters who cannot enter the polls.
F Those needing help in marking their ballots.
F Those who are blind or visually impaired.
F Those who are illiterate.
Two other services are also provided
F Those who have moved since the last election but haven't transferred their registration may do so.
F The next of kin of deceased voters may cancel their registrations.
Election violations will be reported
Any apparent election violations will be reported to the proper law enforcement agencies according to Election Board Secretary Vicki Turner.
Electioneering is prohibited within 300 feet of the ballot box while an election is in progress.
No one except election officials, or those voting are allowed within 50 feet of a ballot box on election day.
It is unlawful to take any intoxicating liquors within one-half mile of a polling place on election day.
It is unlawful for anyone to disclose how he voted to any other person within the election enclosure.
It is also illegal to carry a ballot in or out of, the polling place.
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