Deadline to Request Absentee Ballots Approaches

Early voting is another option for voters who miss Wednesday’s deadline

Registered voters in Creek County who want to vote by mail absentee ballot in next Tuesday’s Bristow School Special Election have until this Wednesday at 5:00 p.m. to request one, County Election Board Secretary Joy Naifeh said today.

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

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Voters who want to cast absentee ballots still can do so in person at the County Election Board office on Thursday, Oct. 8, or Friday, Oct. 9.  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,” Naifeh 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 Naifeh, 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 Naifeh.

For more information, contact the Creek County Election Board, located at 230 E. Hobson, Sapulpa. Their phone number is 918 224 3529.

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