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Pawhuska Journal-Capital


Polls will be open Sept. 10

Polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 10, 2019, for the Pawhuska I00257 Special School Election. 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, September 10, 2019, will be entitled to vote,” the Osage County Election Board Secretary added.

Following is a list of the two precinct polling places in the Sept. 10, 2019, elections.

Pawhuska I00257 Special School Election:

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

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

Chouteau also advised voters, candidates, campaign officials, and volunteers to be very aware of and careful to not violate state election laws Tuesday, Sept. 10, 2019.

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.


Election Board office will accept ballots Sept. 5, 6

Voters who want to cast absentee ballots still can do so in person at the Osage County Election Board office on Thursday, Sept. 5, 2019, or Friday, Sept. 6, 2019, from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. 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,” 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,” she said.


Now at Whippoorwill Baptist Church

The polling place for Precinct 570101 has been changed, Kelly Chouteau, Secretary of the Osage County Election Board, has announced.

Voters in the precinct formerly voted at Bowring School, 87 CR 3302, Bowring.

Beginning immediately the polling place for Precinct 570101 will be at Whippoorwill Baptist Church, 35 CR 3577, Pawhuska.

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


Deadline to register for Pawhuska council recall vote is Sept. 13

Friday, Sept. 13, 2019, is the last day to apply for voter registration in order to be eligible to vote in the Oct. 8, 2019, City of Pawhuska Special Municipal and the Hominy I03857 Special School Elections, Osage County Election Board Secretary Kelly Chouteau said.

Chouteau said that persons who are United States citizens, residents of Oklahoma, and at least 18 years old may apply to become registered voters.

Persons who have never been registered to vote before or who are not currently registered in the county of their residence and persons who are registered but who need to change their registration information may apply by filling out and mailing an Oklahoma Voter Registration Application form in time for it to be postmarked no later than midnight Friday, Sept. 13, 2019.

Chouteau explained that applications postmarked after that time will still be accepted and processed; however, the applications will not be approved until after Oct. 8, 2019.

The County Election Board responds in writing to every person who submits an application for voter registration. The response is either a voter identification card listing the new voter’s precinct number and polling place location or a letter that explains the reason or reasons the application for voter registration was not approved. Chouteau said that any person who has submitted a voter registration application and who has not received a response within 30 days should contact the County Election Board office at 918-287-3036 or email OsageCounty@elections.ok.gov.

Oklahoma Voter Registration Application forms are available at the County Election Board office located at 630 Kihekah Ave, Pawhuska, and at most post offices, tag agencies, and public libraries in the county. Chouteau said that applications also are available at our website www.osage.okcounties.org or the state website www.elections.ok.gov, and voters can check their registration status at www.ok.gov/elections/Voter_Info/Online_Voter_Tool/.


Hominy Schools to close Precinct 305 for school bond vote

Osage County Election Board Secretary Kelly Chouteau announced that the Hominy I03857 School has opted to close Precinct 305 in Osage County for its Hominy I03857 Special School Election scheduled on Oct. 8, 2019.

State Law allows a school district to close a precinct if it’s not entirely within the district’s boundaries and if there are fewer than 100 registered voters in that part of the precinct that is located in the district. There are zero (0) voters in precinct 305 that are located in the boundaries of the Hominy I03857 School District.

Any registered voters in Precinct 305 who believe that he or she may reside in the Hominy I03857 School District and who have not yet received an absentee ballot application from the County Election Board should call the office immediately at 918-287-3036.