Wednesday deadline to request absentee ballots

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According to County Election Board Secretary Jennifer L. Wilson, registered voters in Jackson County who want to vote by mail absentee ballot in the March 1 Presidential Preferential Primary Election have until Wednesday, Feb. 24, at 5 p.m. to request one.

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

Voters who want to cast absentee ballots still can do so in person at the County Election Board office on Thursday, Feb. 25, Friday, Feb. 26 or Saturday, Feb. 27. 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 and on Saturday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Feb. 27.

“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,” Wilson 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 Wilson, 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 Wilson.

For more information, contact the Jackson County Election Board, located at 101 N. Main St, Rm#105, Altus. Their phone number is (580) 482-2370.

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