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Absentee voter deadline nears for local school board election

Mike ErwinJournal-Capital

Local voters have less than a week remaining to apply for absentee ballots in the upcoming Pawhuska school board election.

Applications from registered voters who wish to have absentee ballots mailed to them must be in the possession of the Election Board by 5 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 3, in order to be processed, said Osage County Election Board Secretary Andrea Conner.

Voters can apply in person at the Osage County Election Board office, 630 Kihekah Ave., or they can send their applications by mail, fax or e-mail. Any registered voter eligible to vote in the election may vote by absentee ballot without stating a reason, Conner said.

Pawhuska’s school election is to be held Tuesday, Feb. 9.

Michael Tolson and Jeffrey Swan are candidates for a five-year term to the Board of Education Office No. 1. For the past seven years, office No. 1 has been held by Lori Loftis , who did not seek another term.

Absentee voters are required to fill out their ballots and return them to the Election Board’s office by 7 p.m. on election day. Voting by an in-person absentee method will be offered at the office between 8 a.m. and 6 p.m. on Thursday and Friday, Feb. 4-5.

Conner reminded that several precincts will be closed for the school election. Voters registered in Precincts 102, 103, 110, 111, 113, 301 and 306 should already have received applications for absentee ballots. Anyone in those precincts who has not received an absentee ballot application should contact the local office at (918) 287-3036.

Sample ballots are currently available to peruse at the local Election Board office. The ballots can also be viewed on the Oklahoma State Election Board’s Online Voter Tool at http://www.ok.gov/elections/Voter_Info/Online_Voter_Tool/