Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Absentee Voting is Next Week

Registered voters in Sequoyah County who want to vote by mail absentee ballot in the Feb. 9 annual School Elections have until 5 p.m. Feb. 3 to request one, Sequoyah County Election Board Secretary Cindy Osborn said.

“If absentee voters miss that deadline, they aren’t out of luck, however,” Osborn said.

Voters who want to cast absentee ballots still can do so in person at the county election board office on Feb. 4 or 5. A two-member, bipartisan Absentee Voting Board will be on duty each day from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. on that Thursday and Friday 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 any reason for voting absentee,” Osborn 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.”

Osborn said the Absentee Voting Board verifies a voter’s registration information. Then, the board issues all the appropriate ballots to the voter. The voter marks the ballots in a voting booth and then casts them in the voting device. “It is very much like voting at a precinct polling place,” said Osborn.

For more information, contact the Sequoyah County Election Board at 110 E. Creek Ave. in Sallisaw, Okla. 74955. The phone number is (918) 775-2614.

Those who have requested absentee ballots can track the status of their ballot at .

Sally Maxwell, Senior News Director

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