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Staff Writer
Pawhuska Journal-Capital

ELECTION BOARD

Absentee ballots for

runoffs available

Voters in Osage County who want to have absentee ballots mailed to them for the Aug. 28, City of Tulsa, McCord School C-07757 Proposition and federal, state, and county runoff primary elections should apply now, County Election Board Secretary Kelly Chouteau said.

Although the County Election Board can accept applications for absentee ballots until 5 p.m. Aug. 22, Chouteau said she 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. 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.

Chouteau said any registered voter may vote by absentee ballot in any election in which he/she is eligible to vote. 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,” Chouteau 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 runoff primary election.

Sample ballots also are available at the Osage County Election Board office during regular office hours, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays.

Sample ballots also will be posted outside the precinct polling place on Tuesday so 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 OsageCounty@elections.ok.gov or visit www.elections.ok.gov or www.osage.okcounties.org.

OSAGE NATION

Sexual assault survivors

support group available

The Healing Circle, a new support group for victims of sexual assault, is a recent addition to the long list of lifesaving services now provided by the Osage Nation Family Violence Prevention Department (ONFVPD). According to ONFVPD Director, Olivia Gray, “This support group is for those who are suffering the repercussions of a sexual assault whether that assault occurred a week ago or 30 years ago when you were a child.”

In October 2017, ONFVPD was awarded a Tribal Sexual Assault Services Program grant from the Office of Violence Against Women. ONFVPD has always offered services to victims of sexual assault, and with the grant ONFVPD can expand those services in ways that were not possible before, including a support group just for victims of sexual assault.

The Healing Circle will be from 5-6 p.m. every Wednesday at the OVW offices in Pawhuska and will be facilitated by the OVW Traditional Healing Coordinator, Arleata Snell. Family members of a sexual assault survivor can receive support too. Call Snell at (918) 287-5422 for more information or to schedule an appointment.

The Osage Nation Family Violence Prevention mission is to empower those seeking ON services with the tools they need to rebuild their lives and become the strong individuals they were created to be; to effect social change through outreach and education in order to put an end to intergenerational violence; and to partner with state, county, and tribal court systems and law enforcement to hold perpetrators accountable for their crimes.

Contacts include: Family Violence Program, (Main Number) — (918) 287-5422; Director — Olivia Gray, (918) 287-5425; Advocate — Olivia Parker, (918) 287-9334; and email address - Familyviolence@osagenation-nsn.gov.

The Osage Nation 24-Hour Crisis Line is (866) 897-4747. The crisis line is answered 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Please be advised that for security reasons, the number appearing on your caller I.D. will be different than the crisis line number dialed.