Monday, April 6, 2015

Voting Tips for Tuesday's Election

Polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday for the Roland and Vian town elections and Vian School runoff election. Cindy Osborn, Sequoyah County Election Board Secretary, offered voters tips on how to make their votes count. Osborn said that a valid ballot marking--a filled-in-box (in either blue or black ballpoint ink)--is important. If voters make mistakes marking their ballots, they should not try to correct those errors. Instead, a voter should return the spoiled ballot to precinct officials, who will destroy it and issue a new ballot to the voter. 

Osborn urged voters to take their voter identification cards with them to the polls. "Your voter ID card (issued by the county election board) can help precinct officials find your name in the Precinct Registry, and it may help them resolve the problem if you are not listed in the registry for some reason," Osborn explained. Alternatively, voters can bring an unexpired photo ID card issued for the U.S. government, the state of Oklahoma, or a federally recognized tribal government.

Voters without ID, or whose names are not found in the Precinct Registry, or voters who disagree with the information shown in the registry, may always cast a provisional ballot. A provisional ballot is sealed in a special envelope and counted after election day if the voter's information can be verified by the county election board. Voters who want to get through the line quickly should vote at mid-morning or mid-afternoon, traditionally the two slowest periods of the day.

Sally Maxwell, Senior News Director

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