ADA — Applications for absentee ballots must be in the hands of the County Election Board no later than 5 p.m. today, July 21, to be processed, according to County Election Board Secretary Marilyn McDaniel.
Any registered voter eligible to vote in the election may vote by absentee ballot without stating a reason, McDaniel said. Absentee voters may apply in person at the County Election Board office or they may send their applications by mail, by fax, or by telegraph.
Voters also may apply for absentee ballots for the following reasons:
• 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, by fax, or by telegraph.
• Registered voters who are confined to nursing homes in the county may apply only by mail, by fax, or by telegraph.
• Military personnel, residents of Pontotoc County living overseas and the spouses and dependents of each group are entitled to vote without being registered. They may apply only by mail, by e-mail or by fax.
Friday, July 30, 2010 is the last day to apply for voter registration in order to be eligible to vote in the run-off primary election to be held Aug. 24, 2010, McDaniel said.
McDaniel said 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 to register or to change name or address by filling out and mailing an Oklahoma Voter Registration Application form in time for it to be postmarked no later than July 30, 2010.
McDaniel said that applications postmarked after that time still will be accepted and processed, but the applications will not be approved until after Aug. 24, 2010.
The County Election Board will respond in writing to each person who submits an application for voter registration. The response will be 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. McDaniel 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 332-4534.
Oklahoma Voter Registration Application forms and information on absentee voting in Oklahoma are available at the Election Board Office, 131 W 13th St., across the street from the Pontotoc County Courthouse.
Voter Registration Applications forms are also available at all Post Offices tag agencies and public libraries in the county.
McDaniel said that applications also are available on the internet at www.elections.ok.gov.
Phone the county Election Board at 33204534 or Fax 421-7765.