Registered voters in  Pottawatomie County who want to vote by mail absentee ballot in Tuesday’s  general 2008, city of Shawnee general runoff and city of Oklahoma City special  have missed the application deadline, County Election Board Secretary Diana Knight said today.


Registered voters in  Pottawatomie County who want to vote by mail absentee ballot in Tuesday’s  general 2008, city of Shawnee general runoff and city of Oklahoma City special  have missed the application deadline, County Election Board Secretary Diana Knight said today.
Voters who want to cast absentee ballots still can do so at the County Election Board office Friday, Saturday and Monday. A two-member, bipartisan Absentee Voting Board will be on duty each day from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday and Monday and 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday to assist absentee voters.
“In-person absentee voters fill out an application form when they get to the office,” Knight 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 Knight, the Absentee Voting Board verifies a voter’s registration information, then issues the voter’s ballots. The voter marks the ballots in a voting booth and then puts them in a voting device. “It is very much like voting at a precinct polling place,” said Knight.
Registered voters in  Pottawatomie County who became physically incapacitated after Oct. 28, won’t have to miss Tuesday’s election Knight said.
Knight said state law permits registered voters who will be unable to go to the polls because they became incapacitated 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 you or someone you know fits this category, call the County Election Board office at 273-8376 as soon as possible for more information,”   Knight said.