Polls open Tuesday for Duke, Navajo School District Bond Elections

Early voting begins tomorrow

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Polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 8, for the Duke and Navajo School District Bond Elections.

Precinct polling places for Duke are: Precinct 17 Duke Community Center; and Precinct 23 Martha Town Hall. for Navajo, polling places are: Precinct 01 Days Inn of Altus; Precinct 20 Warren Church of Christ; Precinct 21 Headrick Community Center; and Precinct 23 Martha Town Hall.

Jackson County Election Board Secretary Jennifer L. Wilson offered voters tips on how to make their votes count.

Wilson said that a valid ballot marking—a filled-in box (in either blue or black ballpoint ink)—is important. If the voters make mistakes marking their ballots, Wilson said they should not try to correct those errors. Instead, a voter should return the spoiled ballot to precinct officials, who will destroy it and issue a new ballot to the voter.

Wilson also urged voters to take their voter identification cards with them to the polls, “Your voter ID card (issued by the County Election Board) can help precinct officials find your name in the Precinct Registry, and it may help them resolve the problem if you are not listed in the Registry for some reason,” Wilson explained. Alternatively, voters can bring an unexpired photo ID card issued by the U.S. government, the state of Oklahoma, or a federally recognized tribal government.

Voters without ID, or whose names are not found in the Precinct Registry, or voters who disagree with the information shown in the Registry, may always cast a provisional ballot. A provisional ballot is sealed in a special envelope and counted after election day if the voter’s information can be verified by the County Election Board.

Wilson said that voters who want to get through the line quickly should vote at mid-morning or mid-afternoon, because those usually are the two slowest periods.

“Anyone who is eligible and in line at the polling place at 7 p.m. on Tuesday will be entitled to vote,” the Jackson County Election Board Secretary added.

Early Voting Begins Thursday, Sept. 3

A new state law which took effect on November 1, 2013, changes the dates and times voters have come to expect for early voting in Oklahoma. Now, early voting begins on Thursday and continues on Friday, Jackson County Election Board Secretary Jennifer L. Wilson said today. Of special note, early voting is no longer conducted on Monday. These changes have occurred due to the approval of SB 869, which was signed into law in May, 2013. As a result, Thursday, September 3rd is the first day for in-person absentee aka “early” voting, in the September 8th Election, Wilson explained. More information about absentee voting in Oklahoma, as well as other election-related information, is available at www.elections.ok.gov.

Electioneering, Other Violations Discouraged

Jackson County Election Board Secretary Jennifer L. Wilson today advised voters, candidates, campaign officials, and volunteers to be very aware of—and careful to not violate—state election laws in the Sept. 8 Duke and Navajo School District Bond Elections next Tuesday.

Wilson said that all known election law violations will be reported to the proper law enforcement authorities, usually the County Sheriff and District Attorney. “Our precinct officials are going to be watching very closely on election day for illegal electioneering by candidates, zealous campaign staff, and their volunteers. It’s unlawful in Jackson County and across the State of Oklahoma to electioneer within 300 feet of a ballot box, she explained.

To electioneer means to work for or against election of a particular candidate, political party, or issue. “This includes the illegal placement of any campaign signs inside the 300 feet boundary limit away from the ballot box,” reminded Wilson.

Wilson said election law violations sometimes committed accidentally by voters include disclosing how one voted while within the election enclosure or removing a ballot from the polling place.

Other violations by voters include taking a ballot into or out of the polling place or taking intoxication liquors within half a mile of a polling location. It is unlawful for any person to disclose how he or she voted to any other person while inside the election enclosure. Wilson said it also is against the law for anyone other than voters waiting in line to vote and for precinct or other election officials to be within 50 feet of a ballot box during the election.

Citizens can find these and other state election laws in Title 26 of the Oklahoma Statues. For more about this topic and other Oklahoma election-related information, please visit www.elections.ok.gov.

Early voting begins tomorrow

staff reports

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