Hominy Alumni meeting set for February 9 to plan for 2014 reunion

There will be meeting of the Hominy Alumni Association at 2 p.m. Feb. 9 at the Hominy Community Center. The group will be making plans for the 2014 Reunion in October. All members, officers and directors are urged to attend.

Deadline nears to apply

for absentee ballots in Shidler school election

Less than a week remains for registered voters in Osage County to apply for absentee ballots to be mailed to them for the Feb. 11 Shidler I-11 Annual School Election, according to County Election Board Secretary Andrea Conner.

Applications for absentee ballots must be in the hands of the County Election Board no later than 5 p.m. Feb. 5 to be processed.

Any registered voter eligible to vote in the election may vote by absentee ballot without stating a reason, Conner said.

Absentee voters may apply in person at the County Election Board office or they may send their applications by mail or by fax.

Voters also may apply for absentee ballots for the following reasons:

• Registered voters who are physically incapacitated and voters who care for physically incapacitated persons who cannot be left unattended may apply for absentee ballots only by mail or by fax.

• Registered voters who are confined to nursing homes in the county may apply only by mail or by fax.

• Military personnel, residents of Osage County living overseas and the spouses and dependents of each group are entitled to vote without being registered.

They may apply by mail, by e-mail or by fax.

For more information on absentee voting, contact the County Election Board at 630 Kihekah Ave, Pawhuska, 918-287-3036.

Information on absentee voting in Oklahoma also may be found on the Internet at www.elections.ok.gov.

Sample ballots available for upcoming Shidler school election

Sample ballots are available at the Osage County Election Board office for voters who want to get a preview of the Shidler I-11 Annual School Election on Feb. 11.

Andrea Conner, Secretary of the County Election Board, said that sample ballots can be viewed at the Election Board office, located at 630 Kihekah Ave, Pawhuska, during regular office hours, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.

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

New Oklahoma law changes "early" voting to the prior Thursday, Friday and Saturday.

A new state law which takes effect on November 1, 2013, changes the dates and times voters have come to expect for early voting in Oklahoma. With the new law, early voting begins a day earlier, on Thursday and continues on Friday and Saturday, said Osage County Election Board Secretary Andrea Conner. All early voting on Monday has been discontinued.

These changes have occurred due to the approval of SB 869, which was signed into law in May 2013, Conner said.

The new law also adjusts the hours for Saturday in-person absentee voting to begin and end one hour later than previously authorized. Conner explained that during federal and state elections, when voter turnout is often heaviest, the Saturday option gives voters a third opportunity to vote early prior to the election day.

In-person absentee "early" voting now occurs from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Thursday and Friday and continues on Saturday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. (during State and Federal Elections only). Under the new statute, Monday voting is discontinued entirely.

More information about absentee voting in Oklahoma, as well as other election related information, is available at www.elections.ok.gov.