ADA — Pontotoc County Election Board Secretary Marilyn McDaniel announced today the Stratford School District has opted to close Precinct 59, Oil Center Pentecostal Holiness Church in Pontotoc County for its annual school election scheduled Feb. 8, 2011.
State law allows a school district to close a precinct if it is not entirely within the district’s boundaries and if there are fewer than 100 registered voters in that part of the precinct located in the district. There are approximately 23 voters in that part of Precinct 59 located in the Stratford School District.
Voters who are registered in Precinct 59 at addresses located in the Stratford School District will receive an application for absentee ballots from the Pontotoc County Election Board. They can fill out, sign and return the application form to the County Election Board to have a ballot mailed to them. Applications for absentee ballots must be received by the County Election Board no later than 5 p.m. on Wednesday, February 2, 2011 for this election. Voters who receive their absentee ballots by mail must return the voted ballots to the Pontotoc County Election Board by mail. Absentee ballots must be in the County Election Board’s hand by 7 p.m. on Election Day to be counted.
These voters also may vote by absentee ballot at the County Election Board office from 8 a.m. until 6 p.m. on Friday, February 4, or Monday, February 7, 2011.
Any registered voter in Precinct #59 who believes that he or she may reside in the Stratford School District and who has not yet received an absentee ballot application from the Pontotoc County Election Board should contact the County Election Board office immediately. The Pontotoc County Election Board phone number is 580-332-4534, and is located at 131 W 13th St, across the street from the Courthouse in Ada.