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The Shawnee News-Star
  • Voter registrations up nearly 600 since April

  • As the June 24 primary elections for many local and state races draws closer, records show there’s been nearly 600 new people registering to vote in Pottawatomie County since April.
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  • As the June 24 primary elections for many local and state races draws closer, records show there’s been nearly 600 new people registering to vote in Pottawatomie County since April.
    There are currently, 35,798 registered voters in the county, which is up 567 since April 2.
    The deadline for registration in order to vote in the upcoming primary was May 30, and the Election Board saw an influx of last minute registrations and have spent the past two weeks getting the last 200 or so entered into the database.
    And while there are always fluctuations in numbers of registered voters during times of major elections, there’s been a definite increase from about 100 new voters for the same time period two years ago.
    Polls will be open for the primary and city of Shawnee general elections from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. June 24, but early, in-person absentee voting is also available June 19-21.
    That early voting will be 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. on June 19 and 20, and 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, June 21.
    Early in-person voting is available during those times at the Pottawatomie County Election Board offices, which are now located at 14101 Acme Road, just off U.S. 177. Voters should also have some type of photo ID card, although the best form of ID to have is their voter registration card, Knight said.
    Voters who want to have absentee ballots mailed to them for the June 24 Primary and City of Shawnee General election must apply by Wednesday, County Election Board Secretary Diana Knight.
    Absentee ballot application forms are available at the County Election Board office or can be downloaded and printed at: www.elections.ok.gov.
    Voters who need mailed ballots are encouraged to apply before the June 18 deadline.
    “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/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. Knight said 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:
    Page 2 of 2 - • 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 email.
    • 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. They may apply only by mail, by fax, or by email.
    • Military personnel and residents of the county living overseas and the spouses and dependents of each group are eligible receive absentee ballots. These voters may apply only by mail, fax, or by email. Military personnel should contact the Voting Service Officers in their units for application forms and additional information or visit the Federal Voting Assistance Program website (www.fvap.gov/oklahoma) for more information and instructions. Residents of Oklahoma living overseas can obtain the same materials from any United States military installation and from United States Embassies and Consulates as well as on the FVAP website.
    Watch for more information about the upcoming elections.
     
     
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