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Voters urged to apply now for absentee ballots for Nov. 3

Pawhuska Journal-Capital

VOTER REGISTRATION DEADLINE IS OCT. 9, 2020

Friday, Oct. 9, 2020, is the last day to apply for voter registration in order to be eligible to vote in the Nov. 3, 2020, general election, 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, Oct. 9, 2020.

Chouteau explained that applications postmarked after that time will still be accepted and processed; however, the applications will not be approved until after Nov. 3, 2020.

The Osage 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.

VOTERS SHOULD APPLY EARLY FOR ABSENTEE BALLOTS

Voters in Osage County who want to have absentee ballots mailed to them for the Nov. 3, 2020, general election 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. on Tuesday, Oct. 27, 2020, Chouteau urged voters who want to vote by absentee ballot to apply early. 

Absentee ballot application forms are available at the County Election Board office located at 630 Kihekah Ave., Pawhuska, Oklahoma. 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.

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 Nov. 3, 2020, general election.

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., Pawhuska, Oklahoma, during regular office hours, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

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.