ELKS LODGE STEAK NIGHT

The Pawhuska Elks Lodge will hold steak night from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Saturday.

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VOTER REGISTRATION DEADLINE

Jan. 19 is the last day to apply for voter registration in order to be eligible to vote in the Feb. 13, city of Pawhuska nonpartisan primary municipal and the Pawhuska I-2 annual school elections, Osage County Election Board Secretary Andrea Conner said.

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

Persons who have never been registered to vote before or who are not currently registered in the county of their residence and persons who are registered but who need to change their registration information 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, January 19, 2018.

Conner explained that applications postmarked after that time will still be accepted and processed; however, the applications will not be approved until after Feb. 13.

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. Conner said that 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 at (918) 287-3036 or email oceb@sbcglobal.net.

Oklahoma Voter Registration Application forms are available at the County Election Board office located at 630 Kihekah Ave, Pawhuska, and at most post offices, tag agencies, and public libraries in the county. Conner said that applications also are available at our website www.osage.okcounties.org or the state website www.elections.ok.gov, and voters can check their registration status at http://www.ok.gov/elections/Voter_Info/Online_Voter_Tool/.

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ABSENTEE BALLOTS

Voters in Osage County who want to have absentee ballots mailed to them for the Feb. 13, city of Pawhuska nonpartisan primary and Pawhuska I-2 annual school elections should apply now, County Election Board Secretary Andrea Conner said.

Although the County Election Board can accept applications for absentee ballots until 5 p.m. on Feb. 7, Conner urged voters who want to vote by absentee ballot to apply early.

Absentee ballot application forms are available at the County Election Board office, 630 Kihekah Ave, Pawhuska, Oklahoma. 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.

Voters who have requested an absentee ballot can track their ballot at http://www.ok.gov/elections/Voter_Info/Online_Voter_Tool/.

Ballots must be in the hands of County Election Board officials by 7 p.m. on Election Day to be counted.

Conner 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 the city of Pawhuska and the Pawhuska I-2 School to be eligible to vote in either of the 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 excuses, and it is to the advantage of some voters to use one of them,” Conner 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 by accessing http://www.ok.gov/elections/Voter_Info/Online_Voter_Tool/ 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 by accessing http://www.ok.gov/elections/Voter_Info/Online_Voter_Tool/ 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.

Sample ballots are now available on the Oklahoma State Election Board’s Online Voter Tool at http://www.ok.gov/elections/Voter_Info/Online_Voter_Tool/ or at www.osage.okcounties.org for voters who want to get a preview of what will be at stake in the February 13, 2018, City of Pawhuska Nonpartisan Primary and the Pawhuska I-2 Annual School Elections. Sample ballots are also available at the Osage County Election Board office. Andrea Conner, Secretary of the Osage County Election Board, said that sample ballots can be viewed at the Election Board office, located at 630 Kihekah Ave. in Pawhuska, during regular office hours, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Sample ballots also will be posted outside the precinct polling place on Tuesday so that voters can review them before casting their votes.

For more election-related information, call the Osage County Election Board at (918) 287-3036, e-mail at oceb@sbcglobal.net or visit www.elections.ok.gov or www.osage.okcounties.org.

SCHOOL ELECTION CHANGES

Osage County Election Board Secretary Andrea Conner recently announced the Pawhuska I-2 School District has opted to close Precincts 102, 103, 110, 111, 113, 301 and 306 in Osage County for its annual school election scheduled on Feb. 13.

State law allows a city to close a precinct if it’s not entirely within the city’s boundaries and if there are fewer than 100 registered voters in that part of the precinct that is located in the school district. There are 25 voters in precinct 102, two voters in precinct 103, 33 voters in precinct 110, two voters in precinct 111, 0 voters in precinct 113, three voters in precinct 301 and one voter in precinct 306 that are located in the Pawhuska I-2 school district.

Any registered voters in Precincts 102, 103, 110, 111, 113, 301 and 306 who believe that he or she may reside in the Pawhuska I-2 School District and who have not yet received an absentee ballot application from the County Election Board should call the office immediately at (918) 287-3036 or email oceb@sbcglobal.net.