Voter registration deadline approaches for elections in Asher, Bethel Acres

The Shawnee News-Star
September elections are set in Bethel Acres and Asher.

Friday, Aug. 20, is the last day to apply for voter registration in order to be eligible to vote in the Sept. 14 Town of Asher and Town of Bethel Acres special elections, Pottawatomie County Election Board Secretary Patricia Carter said.

Carter said that persons who are United States citizens, residents of Oklahoma, and at least 17 ½ years old are eligible to apply for voter registration. However, all persons must be at least 18 years old to vote.

Applications must be received by the county election board or postmarked no later than midnight, Aug. 20. Applications postmarked after that time will be accepted, but will not be processed until after the Sept. 14 election. Applications may also be submitted to any motor vehicle agency that is also an official voter registration agency by the submission deadline.

Applicants will be notified in writing when their application has been processed. Approved voters will receive a Voter Identification Card in the mail. Some may receive a letter that explains the reason or reasons the application was not approved. Carter said those who do not receive a response within 30 days of submitting their application should contact the county election board office immediately.

The Pottawatomie County Election Board reminds voters that applications must be approved by the county election board secretary in order to vote.

Registered voters who have moved to Pottawatomie County from a different county or state will need to complete a new voter registration application in order to be eligible for elections in Pottawatomie County. Those who have moved within the county and need to update their address, can make changes online using the OK Voter Portal at oklahoma.gov/elections/ovp or complete a voter registration application.

Voter registration applications can be downloaded from the state election board website at oklahoma.gov/elections. Forms can also be completed at the county election board. Most post offices, tag agencies, and public libraries have applications available upon request.

The Pottawatomie County Election Board is located at 330 N. Broadway, which is open from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Thursday and from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Fridays. For questions, please contact the election board at 405)273-8376 or pottawatomiecounty@elections.ok.gov.