Guidelines for absentee ballots in upcoming school election.
Voters in Pottawatomie County who want to have absentee ballots mailed to them for the Feb. 11, 2014 annual School Election, Special County election should apply now, County Election Board Secretary Diana Knight said.
Although the County Election Board can accept applications for absentee ballots until 5 p.m. on Wednesday, February 5, 2014, Knight 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 14101 Acme Rd., Shawnee Ok. Or by visiting the Oklahoma State Election Board website www.election.ok.gov for the form.
“At least two mail transactions must be made,” Knight 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.
Knight said that any registered voter may vote by absentee ballot in any election in which he or she is eligible to vote. A voter must be registered and reside at an address within the geographical boundaries of a school district to be eligible to vote in the school district’s elections.
It is not necessary to give a reason---or excuse---for voting absentee.
“While anyone can vote absentee without giving a reason, the law still provides several excuses and it is to the advantage of some voters to use one of them, “Knight said. By stating one of the following reasons on their applications, these voters can activate some special conditions that make it easier for them to use absentee ballots. The reasons are:
• Voters who are physically incapacitated and voters who care for physically incapacitated persons who cannot be left unattended may vote absentee. They may apply only by mail, by fax, or by telegraph.
• Voters who are confined to nursing homes in the county may vote absentee. An Absentee Voting Board actually goes to the nursing home a few days before the election, sets up a small polling place and allows these persons to vote under circumstances similar to those at a regular precinct polling place.
• Military personnel and residents of the county living overseas and the spouses and dependents of each group are eligible to vote absentee without being registered.