Early voting for city election set for Aug. 20-21

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Voters will go to the polls on Tuesday, Aug. 25 for the City of Altus Special Election.

Early voting will be available at the Jackson County Election Board office from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Thursday and Friday, Aug. 20-21.

Registered voters are encouraged to vote early, to avoid possible long lines on election day, said Jackson County Election Board Secretary Jennifer L. Wilson.

On election day itself, polls will be open 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Lines are possible at peak voting times. Wilson stated that wait times will likely be shortest at mid-morning and mid-afternoon. Anyone in line to vote at 7 p.m. will be allowed to cast a ballot.

Anyone who needs to look up their polling place, verify their registration information, or view a sample ballot can do so online.

The Online Voter Tool can be accessed on the Oklahoma State Election Board website: www.elections.ok.gov. Those who vote by mail can also check the status of their ballot by using the Online Voter Tool.

Sample ballots are also available at the election board office in the courthouse.

Oklahoma requires every voter who votes in person at the precinct voting place or during early voting at the county election board office to show proof of identity before receiving a ballot.

Only one proof of identity is required. There are three ways under the law which a voter may prove their identity: showing a valid ID issued by federal, state or tribal government; show the free voter identification card issued every voter by the county election board; or sign an affidavit and vote a provisional ballot. In the last case, if information on the affidavit matches official voter registration records, the ballot will be counted after election day.

Voters may be assisted by a person of their choice if they are physically disabled and cannot enter the polling place, need help marking their ballots, are blind or visually disabled, or are illiterate.

In each of these cases, the person providing such assistance may not be the voter’s employer, an agent of their employer, or an officer or agent of the voter’s union. The person assisting must swear or affirm that the voter’s ballots will be marked in accordance with the voter’s wishes.

Alternatively, all blind, visually impaired and physically disabled voters may use the audio-tactile interface (ATI), a feature offered on all Oklahoma voting devices, to vote privately and independently. ATI may be used during early voting or at the voter’s designated polling place on election day.

Voters who have moved since the last election, but who have not changed their voter’s registration to the new address, may do so on election day, by voting at the polling place where their registration has been in the past. While voting , they may fill out a form instruction the county election board to transfer their registration to the new address before the next election.

Those who become physically incapacitated after 5 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 18 can still request an emergency absentee ballot. Those who might qualify for this special ballot should contact the election board office as soon as possible for more information, by calling (580) 482-2370.

Any violation of election law will be reported to the proper law enforcement agencies, said Wilson.

Electioneering is not allowed within 300 feet of a ballot box. It is unlawful to remove a ballot from the polling location, possess intoxicating liquors within a half mile of the polling place, or to disclose how one has voted within the election enclosure.

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