Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Incapacitated Voters May Still Vote on March 1

Sequoyah County voters who become physically incapacitated after 5 p.m. Tuesday won’t have to miss the March 1 Presidential Preferential Primary Election, County Election Board Secretary Cindy Osborn said.

Osborn explained that state law permits registered voters who will be unable to go to the polls because they became incapacitated after 5 p.m. Tuesday to vote on an emergency basis. “Physical incapacitation” includes a variety of conditions—injury, illness, childbirth—that prevent a person from voting in person at the polls on election day.

Aside from unplanned emergencies, “state law also allows a registered voter who is physically incapacitated on an ongoing basis or a person who is charged with the care of a physically incapacitated person who cannot be left unattended to submit an application for absentee ballot by an agent,” Osborn said.

The agent may be any person of the voter’s choosing who is at least 16 years of age and who is not employed by or related within the third degree to any person whose name appears on the ballot, Also, a person may serve as an agent for only one person at any election, Osborn explained.

“If you think that you or someone you know fits into this category, please contact the Sequoyah County Election Board office at 918-775-2614 as soon as possible for more information,” Osborn said.

Sally Maxwell, Senior News Director

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