Dec. 18 is voter registration deadline

Pawhuska Journal-Capital

Friday, Dec. 18, is the last day to apply for voter registration in order to be eligible to vote in the January 12 City of Pawhuska municipal special election, Osage County Election Board Secretary Kelly Chouteau said.

This special election is a referendum on a proposed 1-cent sales tax in support of Pawhuska Hospital.

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, Dec. 18.

Chouteau explained that applications postmarked after that time will still be accepted and processed; however, the applications will not be approved until after Jan. 12.

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. 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 her 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/.