Friday, December 19, 2014

Residents Must Register by Jan. 16 to Vote Feb. 10

Jan. 16 is the last day to apply for voter registration in order to vote in the Feb. 10 annual school election and Sallisaw municipal general election Cindy Osborn, Sequoyah County Election Board secretary, said this week. Osborn said persons who are U.S. citizens, Oklahoma residents and at least age 18 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 by filling out and mailing an Oklahoma Voter Registration application form in time for it to be postmarked no later than midnight on Jan. 16. Osborn said that applications postmarked after that time will still be accepted and processed. However, the applications will not be approved until after Feb. 10. Osborn said the county election board responds in writing to every person who submits an application for voter registration. The response is either a voter identification card listing the 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. Osburn said any person who submitted a voter registration application and who has not received a response within 30 days should contact the election board office at 110 E. Creek in Sallisaw. The application forms are available at the election board office or at most post offices, tag agencies,  and public libraries in the county. Osborn said applications also are available at www.elections.ok.gov and voters can check their registration status at http://www.ok.gov/elections/Voter_Info/Online_Voter_Tool/.

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