Early voting for Council is Feb. 3-4

Pawhuska Journal-Capital

In-person early voting for the Pawhuska City Council primary elections is to be Feb. 3-4 in the Ag Building at the Osage County Fairgrounds.

Candidates include Roger Taylor and Bill Wade in Ward 1, and Susan Bayro and Amber Nash in Ward 2.

Voters who want to cast early ballots can do so at the Osage County Fairgrounds on Thursday, Feb. 3, 2022 and Friday, Feb. 4, 2022, 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,” 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,” Chouteau said.

On election day, which is Tuesday, Feb. 8, polling places in Pawhuska will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. The municipal polling places are the Presbyterian Disciples Church and Calvary Baptist Church.

Chouteau offered tips on how to make sure one's votes are properly counted.

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 Osage 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, Feb. 8, 2022, will be entitled to vote," Chouteau added.

Below is a list of the precinct polling places in the Feb. 8, 2022, election.

Bowring C00757 Board of Education Special Election:

Precinct 101 – Whippoorwill Baptist Church, 35 CR 3577, Pawhuska;

Precinct 102 - Labadie Heights Baptist Church, 187 CR 2706, Bartlesville;

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

Precinct 109 – Labadie Heights Baptist Church, 187 CR 2706, Bartlesville.

City of Pawhuska Municipal Primary Election:

Precinct 107 – Presbyterian Disciples 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, Feb. 8, 2022.

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.