Registered voters in Pontotoc County who want to vote by mail absentee ballot in next Tuesday’s Primary Election have missed the application deadline, County Election Board Secretary Marilyn McDaniel said.

“They aren’t out of luck, however,” McDaniel said.

Voters who want to cast absentee ballots still can do so at the County Election Board office on Monday, July 26.  A two-member bipartisan Absentee Voting Board will be on duty each day from 8 a.m. until 6 p.m. 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 place on election day.”

According to McDaniel, the Absentee Voting Board verifies a voter's registration information, then issues the voters ballots.  

The voter marks the ballots in a voting booth and puts them in the voting device. 

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

Contact the County Election Board, located at 131 W 13th St., across the street from the Pontotoc County Courthouse.  

The telephone number is 580-332-4534.




Voting violators will be reported

Persons violating election laws during the Tuesday Primary Election can expect to be reported, election officials said. 

Marilyn McDaniel, secretary of the Pontotoc County Election Board, said that apparent violations will be reported to the appropriate law enforcement agencies.

McDaniel pointed out that electioneering is prohibited within 300 feet of any ballot box while an election is in progress.  “In fact, no one except election officials and voters waiting to vote is allowed within 50 feet of any ballot box on election day.”

McDaniel said it is also unlawful to take intoxicating liquors of any kind or quantity to within one half-mile of a polling place on election day. 

“It is unlawful for any person to disclose how he voted to any other person within the election enclosure,” McDaniel said.  “And it’s against the law for anyone to remove a ballot from the polling place or to carry a ballot into the polling place.”

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