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Voter registration deadline looms for Aug. 23 elections

July 24,2016 10:23

Friday is the last day to apply for voter registration in order to be eligible to vote in the Aug. 23 special election for Bartlesville Public School District and Copan Public School District, Washington County Election Board Secretary Yvonne House said.and more »

Friday is the last day to apply for voter registration in order to be eligible to vote in the Aug. 23 special election for Bartlesville Public School District and Copan Public School District, Washington County Election Board Secretary Yvonne House said.House said persons who are United States citizens, residents of Oklahoma and at least 18 years of age, may apply to become registered voters.Persons who have never been registered to vote before or who are registered but who need to change their name or address may do so by filling out and mailing an Oklahoma Voter Registration Application Form in time for it to be postmarked no later than midnight, Friday. Application forms are available at the County Election Board Office, 420 S. Johnstone, and all post offices, public libraries, tag agencies and State Election Board website at www.elections.ok.gov.The County Election Board will respond in writing to each person who submits an application for voter registration. The response will be either a voter identification card listing the new voter’s precinct number and polling place location or a letter that explains the reason or reasons the application for voter registration was not approved. House said that any person who has submitted a voter registration application and who has not received a response should contact the County Election Board Office.For more information regarding voter registration, contact the Election Board at 918-337-2850.Absentee ballotsVoters in Washington County who want to have absentee ballots mailed to them for the Aug. 23 special election for Bartlesville Public School District and Copan Public School District, has until 5 p.m., Aug. 17, according to Washington County Election Board Secretary, Yvonne House.House asks voters who want to vote by absentee ballot to apply early. Absentee ballot applications forms are available at the County Election Board Office, 420 S. Johnstone Ave., Room 101 and the Oklahoma State Election Board website at www.elections.ok.gov.“At least two mail transactions must be made,” House 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.As an alternative to voting by mail absentee, voters can receive and cast a ballot by going to the County Election Board Office from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Aug. 18 and Aug. 19. A two-member, bipartisan absentee voting board will be on duty each day to assist in-person absentee voters.For more information on voting absentee, contact the election board at 918-337- 2850.

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