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Voters should apply early for absentee ballots

Voters in Osage County who want to have absentee ballots mailed to them for the August 26 Democratic Runoff Primary Election should apply now, County Election Board Secretary Andrea Conner said today.

Although the County Election Board can accept applications for absentee ballots until 5 p.m. on Wednesday, August 20, Conner urged voters who want to vote by absentee ballot to apply early. Absentee ballot application forms are available at the County Election Board office located at 630 Kihekah Ave., Pawhuska. The absentee ballot application forms also can be downloaded and printed at: www.elections.ok.gov.

Voters who have requested an absentee ballot can track their ballot at http://www.ok.gov/elections/Voter_Info/Online_Voter_Tool/.

“At least two mail transactions must be made,” Conner said. “The County Election Board must mail the ballots to the voter and the voter must return the voted ballots by mail.”

Ballots must be in the hands of the County Election Board by 7 p.m. on election day in order to be counted.

Conner said that any registered voter may vote by absentee ballot in any election in which he/she is eligible to vote. However, a voter must be registered and reside at an address within the geographical boundaries of a school district or a municipality to be eligible to vote in school district or municipal elections. It is not necessary to give a reason or excuse for voting absentee.

VOTERS CAN SEE SAMPLE BALLOTS ONLINE OR AT OSAGE COUNTY ELECTION BOARD

Sample ballots are available at the Osage County Election Board office for voters who want to get a preview of what will be at stake in the Democratic Runoff Primary Election on Aug. 26.

Sample ballots are also available about two weeks prior to an election on the Oklahoma State Election Board’s Online Voter Tool at http://www.ok.gov/elections/Voter_Info/Online_Voter_Tool/.

For more information, call 918-287-3036 or visit www.elections.ok.gov.

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