Registered voters in Pottawatomie County who want to vote by mail absentee ballot in next Tuesday’s Bethel I-3 and North Rock Creek C-10 Special School Bond Election have until this Wednesday at 5:00 p.m. to request one, County Election Board Secretary Jeannie Stover said.

“If absentee voters miss Wednesday’s deadline, they aren’t out of luck, however,” Stover said.

Voters who want to cast absentee ballots still can do so in person at the County Election Board office on Thursday, January 5th, or Friday, January 6th. A two-member, bipartisan Absentee Voting Board will be on duty each day from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Thursday and Friday 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 any reason for voting absentee,” Stover 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 place on election day.”

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

For more information, contact the Pottawatomie County Election Board, located at 14101 Acme Rd. Shawnee, OK 74804. Their phone number is 405-273-8376.

Those who have requested absentee ballots can track the status of their ballot at http://www.ok.gov/elections/Voter_Info/Online_Voter_Tool/