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November 2, 2012

Early voting begins today; Stonewall poll changed

Ada —  

As voters prepare to cast their ballots on Election Day, the Pontotoc County Election Board office is reminding people that they will need ID to vote.

Here are some reminders for Tuesday’s election:

1) Town hall closed: Due to unforeseen circumstances, the Stonewall Town Hall has been closed. The Stonewall Senior Citizens Center will be the polling place for Precinct 65 for the election.

The Senior Citizens Center is located at 110 E. Seventh St., just east of the town hall.

2) Registered voters who want to vote by mail absentee ballot in the general election have missed the application deadline, County Election Board Secretary Marilyn McDaniel said Thursday.

“They aren’t out of luck, however,” McDaniel said in a news release.

Voters who want to cast absentee ballots can do so between 8 a.m. and 6 p.m. today or Monday at the County Election Board office. Voters can also vote between 8 a.m. and 1 p.m. Saturday.

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 a reason for voting absentee,” McDaniel 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 places on Election Day.”

According to McDaniel, the Absentee Voting Board verifies a voter’s registration information, then issues the voter’s ballots. The voter marks the ballots in a voting booth and then puts them in the voting device.

“It is very much like voting at a precinct polling place,” said McDaniel.

Contact the County Election Board, located at 131 W. 13th St. in Ada, for more information.  The telephone number is 332-4534.

3) Voter ID: Voter identification is required because of the passage of State Question 746, which passed by a 74 percent margin in the 2010 general election. 

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