Registered voters in Lincoln County who want to vote by mail absentee ballot in the Feb. 11 Annual School Election have missed the application deadline, County Election Board Secretary Melissa Stambaugh said.

Registered voters in Lincoln County who want to vote by mail absentee ballot in the Feb. 11 Annual School Election have missed the application deadline, County Election Board Secretary Melissa Stambaugh said.

But voters who want to cast absentee ballots still can do so at the County Election Board office on Thursday, Feb. 6 or Friday, Feb. 7. A two-member, bipartisan Absentee Voting Board will be on duty each day from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. 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 a reason for voting absentee," Stambaugh 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 places on election day.”

According to Stambaugh, the Absentee Voting Board verifies a voter’s registration information, and then issues the voter's ballots. The voter marks the ballots in a voting booth and then puts them in the voting device. “It is very much like voting at a precinct polling place,” said Stambaugh.

Contact the County Election Board, located in the Lincoln County Courthouse at 811 Manvel Avenue, Suite 15, in Chandler, for more information. The telephone number is 405-258-1349.

Registered voters in Lincoln County who become physically incapacitated after 5 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 4 won’t have to miss the February 11th Annual School Election. Stambaugh said state law permits registered voters who will be unable to go to the polls because they became incapacitated after 5 p.m. Tuesday, February 4th, 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.

“If you think that you or someone you know fits into this

category, contact the County Election Board office at 405-258-

1349 as soon as possible for more information, Stambaugh said.