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Pawhuska Journal-Capital

ELECTIONS

Pawhuska council primary

on city ballots Tuesday

Polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday for the City of Pawhuska Primary, Shidler I-11 School Special, Cleveland I-6 Board of Education Primary, Tulsa I-1 Board of Education Primary and City of Sand Springs 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 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 will be entitled to vote,” the Osage County Election Board Secretary added.

Following is a list of the precinct polling places in the Feb. 12 elections:

City of Pawhuska Primary Election:

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

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

Shidler I-11 School Special Election:

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 113 – Shidler Community Building, 269 S Cosden, Shidler

Cleveland I-6 Board of Education Primary Election:

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

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

Tulsa I-1 Board of Education Primary Election:

Precinct 202 – Transformation Church – Greenwood, 1519 W Pine, Tulsa

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

City of Sand Springs Primary Election:

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

Precinct 309 – Rock Fire Dept, Station #1, 7716 Zink Road, Skiatook

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 Feb. 12.

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,” reminded Chouteau.

Election law violations sometimes committed accidentally by voters include disclosing how one voted while within the election enclosure or removing a ballot from the polling place. Other violations by voters include taking a ballot into or out of the polling place or taking intoxicating liquors within half a mile of a polling location. It is unlawful for any person to disclose how he or she voted to any other person while inside the election enclosure. Chouteau said it also is against the law for anyone other than voters waiting in line to vote and for precinct or other election officials to be within 50 feet of a ballot box during the election.

Citizens can find these and other state election laws in Title 26 of the Oklahoma Statutes. For more about this topic and other Oklahoma election-related information, please visit www.elections.ok.gov.

Sample ballots are now available on the Oklahoma State Election Board’s Online Voter Tool at www.ok.gov/elections/Voter_Info/Online_Voter_Tool/ and on our website www.osage.okcounties.org for voters who want to get a preview of what will be at stake in the Feb. 12 City of Pawhuska Primary, Shidler I-11 School Special, Cleveland I-6 Board of Education Primary, Tulsa I-1 Board of Education Primary & City of Sand Springs Primary Elections.

Sample ballots are also available at the Osage County Election Board office.

Kelly Chouteau, 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. and 4 p.m.

Sample ballots also will be posted outside every 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 OsageCounty@elections.ok.gov, visit www.elections.ok.gov or our website at www.osage.okcounties.org.

BEEF CATTLE

OSU Extension plans

meeting on cattle health

On Feb. 21, OSU Extension is hosting an educational meeting to go over general herd health protocols for beef cattle. Producers with or interested in cow-calf operations and stockers will learn about up-to-date protocols in wormers, vaccinations, etc. from OSU Extension veterinarian Dr. Barry Whitworth. A presentation to update you on fly control products and techniques will follow, which will be presented by Dr. Justin Talley, OSU Extension Livestock Entomologist.

The meeting will start at noon and a meal will be provided at no charge, compliments of Merck Animal Health. We are asking for those interested in attending to RSVP before Feb. 20, so we know how much food to provide. If you miss the deadline, feel free to still attend. Please call the Osage County Extension Office at 918-287-4170 to RSVP or with any questions you may have.

DRUMMOND HOME

Antique doll exhibit

to continue through February

The Fred Drummond Home in Hominy is the host this month for an exhibit of antique dolls. The exhibit features a broad range of German-made dolls, including dolls by Armand Marseille, Kestner and Koppelsdorf. There are also china, porcelain and paper dolls. Visitors will be able to learn about the history of various dolls. The antique doll exhibit is included in the regular admission fee for the Fred Drummond House. Admission is $7 for adults, $5 for seniors aged 62 and older, $4 for students, and free for children five years and under. Regular hours of operation are Wednesday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday from 1-5 p.m. For more information, call 918-885-2374.

OSAGE SHAREHOLDERS

Meeting scheduled

Feb. 17 in Skiatook

The Osage Shareholders Association’s quarterly meeting will be Feb. 17, at 1 p.m. at the Skiatook casino. For details, contact: Lou Phillips, 918-671-6003.