Feb. 2 is deadline to request absentee ballots
Less than a week remains for registered voters in Osage County to apply for absentee ballots to be mailed to them for the Feb. 9 City of Pawhuska Municipal Primary, the Pawhuska I-2 Board of Education Primary, and the Caney Valley I-18 Board of Education Special Election, according to Osage County Election Board Secretary Kelly Chouteau.
Applications for absentee ballots must be received by the Osage County Election Board no later than 5 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 2, to be processed in time for the election.
Absentee voters may apply in person at the Osage County Election Board office or may send their applications by mail, fax, or e-mail. An online version of the form may be filled out and submitted electronically at www.elections.ok.gov. Any registered voter eligible to vote in the election may vote by absentee ballot without stating a reason, Chouteau said; however, absentee voters can activate certain special conditions in the following circumstances:
Registered voters who are physically incapacitated and voters who care for physically incapacitated persons who cannot be left unattended may apply for absentee ballots only by mail, fax, e-mail, online or via an agent who is at least 16 old 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.
Registered voters who are confined to nursing homes in the county may apply by mail, by fax, by e-mail, online or via an agent who is at least 16 years old 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.
Military personnel, residents of Osage County living overseas, and the spouses and dependents of each group may apply only by mail, by fax, or by e-mail. For more information and instructions, military and overseas voters may visit the Federal Voting Assistance Program website: www.fvap.gov/oklahoma.
Sample ballots are available on the Oklahoma State Election Board’s Online Voter Tool at www.ok.gov/elections/Voter_Info/Online_Voter_Tool/ for voters who want to get a preview of what will be at stake in the Feb. 9, City of Pawhuska Municipal Primary, the Pawhuska I-2 Board of Education Primary, and the Caney Valley I-18 Board of Education Special Election.
Sample ballots are also available at the Osage County Election Board office.
Chouteau said sample ballots can be viewed at the Election Board office, located at 630 Kihekah Ave in Pawhuska during regular office hours, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Sample ballots also will be posted outside every precinct polling place on Tuesday, Feb. 9 so voters can review them before casting their votes.
For more election-related information, contact the Osage County Election Board by calling 918-287-3036, e-mail at OsageCounty@elections.ok.gov or visit www.elections.ok.gov or www.osage.okcounties.org.