VOTING INFORMATION


Election board secretary offers voting information


Polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Tuesday, June 30, 2020, for the city of Pawhuska Municipal General, Bartlesville I30 Board of Education General, Woodland I90 Board of Education General, and county, state and federal primary elections.


Osage County Election Board Secretary Kelly Chouteau offered voters tips on how to make their votes count.


Chouteau said that a valid ballot marking a filled-in box (in either blue or black ballpoint ink) is important. If voters make mistakes marking their ballots, they should not try to correct those errors. Instead, a voter should return the spoiled ballot to precinct officials, who will destroy it and issue a new ballot to the voter.


Chouteau also urged voters to take their voter identification cards with them to the polls.


“Your voter ID card (issued by the county Election Board) can help precinct officials find your name in the Precinct Registry, and it may help them resolve the problem if you are not listed in the Registry for some reason,” she said. Alternatively, voters can bring an unexpired photo ID card issued by the U.S. government, the state of Oklahoma, or a federally recognized tribal government.


Voters without ID, or whose names are not found in the Precinct Registry, or voters who disagree with the information shown in the Registry, may always cast a provisional ballot. A provisional ballot is sealed in a special envelope and counted after election day if the voter’s information can be verified by the Osage County Election Board.


Chouteau said that voters who want to get through the line quickly should vote at mid-morning or mid-afternoon, because those usually are the two slowest periods.


“Anyone who is eligible and in line at the polling place at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, June 30, 2020, will be entitled to vote,” Chouteau added.


Following is a list of the precinct polling places for the June 30, 2020, elections:


City of Pawhuska Municipal General Election:


Precinct 107 – Presbyterian Church, 101 E. 12th St, Pawhuska;


Precinct 108 – Calvary Baptist Church, 620 E. 15th St, Pawhuska.


Bartlesville I30 Board of Education General Election:


Precinct 102 – Strikeaxe Non-Profit Water Office, 811 CR 2425, Okesa;


Precinct 109 – Labadie Heights Baptist Church, 187 CR 2706, Bartlesville.


Woodland I90 Board of Education General Election:


Precinct 106 – Burbank Town Hall, 105 S. First St., Burbank;


Precinct 301 – First Osage Baptist Church, 236 S. Main, Fairfax;


Precinct 302 – New Hope Christian Fellowship, 161 N. 5th St, Fairfax;


Precinct 303 – Braden Community Center, 1022 Braden School Rd., Ponca City;


Precinct 306 – First Assembly of God, 313 S. She She, Hominy.


County, State & Federal Primary Elections:


Precinct 101 – Whippoorwill Baptist Church, 35 CR 3577, Pawhuska;


Precinct 102 – Strikeaxe Non-Profit Water Office, 811 CR 2425, Okesa;


Precinct 103 – Shidler Community Building, 269 S. Cosden, Shidler;


Precinct 105 – McCord Senior Citizens, 115 Mary Road, Ponca City;


Precinct 106 – Burbank Town Hall, 105 S. First St, Burbank;


Precinct 107 – Presbyterian Church, 101 E. 12th St, Pawhuska;


Precinct 108 – Calvary Baptist Church, 620 E. 15th St, Pawhuska;


Precinct 109 – Labadie Heights Baptist Church, 187 CR 2706, Bartlesville;


Precinct 110 – Barnsdall City Hall/PSO Building, 409 W. Main, Barnsdall;


Precinct 111 – First Baptist Church, 507 Antwine Ave, Wynona;


Precinct 112 – Avant Community Center, 306 S. Havens, Avant;


Precinct 113 – Shidler Community Building, 269 S. Cosden, Shidler;


Precinct 201 – Church of Christ Annex, 1900 W. Rogers Blvd., Skiatook;


Precinct 202 – Metropolitan Baptist Church, 1228 W. Apache St., Tulsa;


Precinct 203 – First Baptist Church, 825 W. Rogers Blvd., Skiatook;


Precinct 204 – Country Corner Fire Station, 6983 W. 113st St. N., Sperry;


Precinct 205 – Black Dog Fire Station, 495 N. 52nd W. Ave., Tulsa;


Precinct 301 – First Osage Baptist Church, 236 S. Main, Fairfax;


Precinct 302 – New Hope Christian Fellowship, 161 N. 5th St., Fairfax;


Precinct 303 – Braden Community Center, 1022 Braden School Rd., Ponca City;


Precinct 305 – Prue First Baptist Church, 654 Lake Dr., Prue;


Precinct 306 – First Assembly of God, 313 S. She She, Hominy;


Precinct 307 – First Baptist Church, 202 S. Price, Hominy;


Precinct 308 – Keystone Hills Baptist Church, 161 New Prue Rd., Sand Springs;


Precinct 309 – Rock Fire Dept. Station No. 1, 7716 Zink Rd., Skiatook;


Precinct 310 – Gilcrease Hills Club House, 1919 W. Seminole St., Tulsa;


Precinct 311 – Gilcrease Hills Club House, 1919 W. Seminole St., Tulsa;


Precinct 312 – Community Assembly Church, 2247 N. State Hwy 97, Sand Springs.


Chouteau also advised voters, candidates, campaign officials, and volunteers to be very aware of and careful to not violate state election laws Tuesday, June 30, 2020.


Chouteau said that all known election law violations will be reported to the proper law enforcement authorities, usually the county sheriff and district attorney. Precinct officials will be watching very closely on election day for illegal electioneering by candidates, zealous campaign staff, and their volunteers. It’s unlawful in Osage County and across the state of Oklahoma to electioneer within 300 feet of a ballot box.


To electioneer means to work for or against election of a particular candidate, political party, or issue.


“This includes the illegal placement of any campaign signs inside the 300 feet boundary limit away from the ballot box,” Chouteau said.


EARLY VOTING WILL BE JUNE 25,26,27


Voters who want to cast absentee ballots still can do so in person at the Osage County Election Board office on Thursday, June 25, 2020, or Friday, June 26, 2020, from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Saturday, June 27, 2020, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.


There will also be a remote Absentee Polling Place located at the First Baptist Church, 825 W. Rogers Blvd., Skiatook, on Thursday, June 25, 2020, on Friday, June 26, 2020, from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Saturday, June 27, 2020, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. A two-member, bipartisan Absentee Voting Board will be on duty each day to assist absentee voters.


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


SUMMER READING


Pawhuska Library began its program last week


The Pawhuska Library’s 2020 Summer Reading Program, titled “Imagine Your Story,” began June 15, 2020. Due to social distancing, a major focus of this year’s reading program will be handouts of book n’ craft bags, a writing contest, and prizes.


Elementary reading program: Each child, kindergarten through fifth grade, may come to the library Monday, June 15 through Friday, June 26, and pick up a bag containing a book, a craft and a comic picture page. One book n’ craft bag per child, total. Books and crafts in the bags are free for children to keep. Prizes will be available for writing a story using the picture page included in the bag, or for sending a photo of the craft you make to pawhuska.library@gmail.com. Prizes include coupons from Sonic Corporation and grab bag items. The over-all winning story, and craft photo, will be published in the Pawhuska Journal-Capital.


Teen Summer Reading/Adult Summer Reading: Teens and adults reading at least six books during summer 2020, June 15 – August 15, will get their names in a drawing for a gift certificate from a local Pawhuska business. One teen winner 12 – 17 years old, and one adult winner will be chosen.


Pawhuska library is open 9:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, to browse and check out books, and to hand out book n’ craft bags. If patrons are concerned about social contact, curb service is available. Also e-books can be checked out through the library’s website, pawhuska.okpls.org, or through the Ok Virtual Library. Ask librarians for instructions for e-book check out.


The Library currently is able to host small group meetings of 10 persons or fewer. Beginning Thursday, June 18, the library will host a weekly story time on Thursday at 10:30 a.m. Call ahead to register to attend, 918-287-3989. Or, call with a request for an age-appropriate program for your small group. Topics may be targeted for children, teens, or adults; programming is subject to library needs.


Sponsors of Summer Reading are the Oklahoma Department of Libraries, the Institute of Museum and Library Services, and Sonic Corporation.


EXTENDED UNEMPLOYMENT BENEFITS


Benefits available through OESC


OKLAHOMA CITY – Oklahomans eligible for 13 weeks of extended unemployment benefits may now file online at https://ui.ok.gov.


The federal Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation (PEUC) program is designed for individuals who have exhausted regular benefits. Eligible claimants will receive an additional 13 weeks of relief for the period of March 29, 2020, through the week ending December 26, 2020.


“The online application process is up and running,” said Secretary for Digital Transformation David Ostrowe. “Individuals should login to their ui.ok.gov account and follow the instructions to apply for PEUC relief.”


Claimants whose benefit year has ended since July 1, 2019, will be required to file a new regular unemployment claim before a PEUC claim can be submitted. If eligibility for regular unemployment relief is approved, the claimant will receive regular unemployment as opposed to PEUC. Individuals ineligible for regular unemployment benefits will be allowed to file a PEUC claim, against the previous monetarily eligible claim.


“It’s important that individuals first file for regular unemployment benefits,” Ostrowe said. “The system is designed to determine eligibility in stages. Just as with PUA, PEUC applicants must have exhausted their regular unemployment benefits in order to file for extended benefits.”


To qualify for PEUC, claimants must:


—Have a benefit year ending after July 1, 2019;


—Have exhausted their regular unemployment benefit allowance;


—File the PEUC application.


For claimants who exhausted their regular benefit allowance after the week ending March 28, 2020, the PEUC claim will be effective the Sunday following the week in which their claim was exhausted.


For individuals who exhausted benefits prior to the week ending March 28, 2020, the effective date of the PEUC claim will be March 29, 2020.


“PEUC claimants will also receive the FPUC payment of an additional $600 per week through the week ending July 25, 2020,” Ostrowe said. “These payments may be backdated to March 29, 2020, depending on when an individual’s regular unemployment benefits were exhausted.”


More information about PEUC and program eligibility is available at https://oesc.ok.gov. Scroll down to the “Your Questions Answered” section on the main page.


OKLAHOMA BLOOD INSTITUTE


OBI collecting COVID-19 convalescent plasma


OKLAHOMA CITY — Oklahoma Blood Institute (OBI) is collecting convalescent plasma from donors who have recovered from COVID-19, as part of an experimental initiative to use the product to treat seriously ill patients.


By creating the only statewide registry of available patients, Oklahoma Blood Institute can ensure local patients receive the donated products and have the best possible chance at fighting the illness.


“We’re excited to play our part in ensuring Oklahomans have access to all treatment options, including convalescent plasma,” said John Armitage, MD, president and CEO of Oklahoma Blood Institute.


Donors are encouraged to sign up for Oklahoma’s registry at: my.bio-linked.org. Bio-Linked allows users to submit confidential health and social information via a secure site and to list themselves as potential volunteers for medical research. Once qualified, plasma will be drawn, with each donor providing up to three therapeutic plasma doses.


“The Oklahoma State Medical Association is proud to have partnered with the Oklahoma Blood Institute to initiate this proactive program for our COVID-19 patients who may suffer from severe disease in the future,” said Larry A. Bookman, M.D., president of the Oklahoma State Medical Association.


To provide convalescent plasma, donors must be eligible to donate blood and meet the criteria below:


—Prior diagnosis of COVID-19, documented by a positive laboratory test;


—Present negative results for COVID-19, either from nasal swabs or a molecular (RNA or nucleic acid) diagnostic blood test;


—Symptom-free for 14 days prior to donation;


—If female, either no history of pregnancy or negative for HLA (tissue typing) antibodies.