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Staff Writer
Pawhuska Journal-Capital

PAWHUSKA CHAMBER

Annual gala

set for Friday

The Pawhuska Chamber of Commerce has scheduled its annual gala fundraiser Friday at the Pawhuska Elks Lodge. The event will be themed “Pawhuska’s Night of the Patriot,” and the special guest for the evening will be Eric Maddox, a decorated military veteran who played a role in the capture of Saddam Hussein. Doors at the Elks Club will open at 5:45 p.m. for the gala. For tickets, call the Chamber at 918-287-1208.

DIABETES CLASS

Classes slated

through May 1

The Oklahoma Healthy Aging Initiative, which serves 19 counties including Osage County, will be holding a Diabetes Empowerment Education Program class at the Osage County Health Department in Pawhuska. There will be six sessions, all on Wednesdays from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., beginning on March 27 and concluding on May 1.

To register, call Devon Murray, Northeast Center of Healthy Aging education specialist, at 918-779-7367, or email her at devon-murray@ouhsc.edu. The class will teach participants how to take an active role in managing diabetes.

OSAGE COUNTY

Free Dump Day

coming Saturday

Osage County commissioners will sponsor a Free Dump Day from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. Items can be dropped off at the District 1 county shops in Pawhuska, Shidler and Barnsdall; at the District 2 shop in Skiatook; and at the District 3 shops in Fairfax and Hominy. Items to be accepted include passenger tires without rims (no tire dealers), appliances/furniture, mattresses/box springs, and wood/brush. What will not be accepted includes household trash, household hazardous waste items, commercial or contractor trash and paint or other chemicals.

VOTING TIPS

Election Board offers info

for elections set for April 2

Polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Tuesday for the city of Pawhuska municipal general, Tulsa I-1 Board of Education general, Ponca City I-71 Board of Education general, city of Skiatook municipal general, town of Sperry municipal general, town of Wynona municipal general and city of Barnsdall municipal general 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.” Alternatively, voters can bring an unexpired photo identification 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.

Following is a list of the precinct polling places in the April 2, 2019, 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

Tulsa I-1 Board of Education general election:

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

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

Ponca City I-71 Board of Education general election:

Precinct 105 – McCord Senior Citizens, 115 Mary Rd., Ponca City

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

City of Skiatook municipal general election:

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

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

Town of Sperry municipal general election:

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

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

Town of Wynona municipal general election:

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

City of Barnsdall municipal general election:

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

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

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.

Registered voters in Osage County who become physically incapacitated after 5 p.m. Tuesday, March 26, 2019, won’t have to miss Tuesday’s elections.

Chouteau explained that state law permits registered voters who will be unable to go to the polls because they became incapacitated after 5 p.m. Tuesday, March 26, 2019, to vote on an emergency basis. “Physical incapacitation” includes a variety of conditions injury, illness, childbirth that prevent a person from voting in person at the polls on election day.

Aside from unplanned emergencies, “state law also allows a registered voter who is physically incapacitated on an ongoing basis or a person who is charged with the care of a physically incapacitated person who cannot be left unattended to submit an application for absentee ballot by an agent.”

The agent may be any person of the voter’s choosing 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. Also, a person may serve as an agent for only one person at any election, Chouteau explained.

“If you think that you or someone you know fits into this category, please contact the Osage County Election Board office as soon as possible for more information,” Chouteau said.

EARLY VOTING

Days will be Thursday, Friday

Voters who want to cast absentee ballots still can do so in person at the Osage County Election Board office from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday and Friday. A two-member, bipartisan Absentee Voting Board will be on duty each day to assist absentee voters.

“In-person absentee voters fill out an application form when they get to the office. They are not required to give any reason for voting absentee,” Election Board Secretary Kelly Chouteau said. “They are required to swear that they have not voted a regular mail absentee ballot and that they will not vote at their polling place on election day.”

Voters who have requested an absentee ballot can track their ballot using the Oklahoma State Election Board’s Online Voter Tool available at www.ok.gov/elections/Voter_Info/Online_Voter_Tool/.

According to Chouteau, the Absentee Voting Board verifies a voter’s registration information. Then, the Board issues all the appropriate ballots to the voter. The voter marks the ballots in a voting booth and then casts them in the voting device. “It is very much like voting at a precinct polling place.”

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 the County Election Board’s website, www.osage.okcounties.org, for voters who want to get a preview of what will be at stake in Tuesday’s elections.

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

Chouteau 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.