• Special to the Daily Leader
Applications for absentee ballots in Oklahoma for the July 27 primary election must be in the hands of the Texas County Election Board no later than Wednesday in order to be processed.
For more information contact the Texas County Election Board at 338-7644.
Special assistance will also be offered to four groups of voters at the primary election, Texas County Election Board Secretary Kimberly Sloat said.
Physically disabled voters who cannot enter the polling place, physically disabled voters who need help marking their ballots inside the polling place, blind or visually disabled voters, and illiterate voters may be assisted by a person the voter chooses.
In all cases, persons providing such assistance may not be the voter's employer or an agent of the employer or an officer or agent of the voter’s union. Persons providing assistance also must swear or affirm that the voter’s ballots will be marked in accordance with the voter's wishes.
Sloat also said two other services are provided to voters at their polling places.
Voters who have moved since the last election, but who have not transferred their registration, may do so on election day by going to the polling place where their registration has been in the past. While voting, they may fill out a form instructing the county election board to transfer their registration to the new address before the next election.
Also, the next of kin of voters who have died, but whose registrations still are in the book, can cancel those registrations by filling out a form at the polling place.
Polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. on July 27 for the primary election, and Sloat offered voters some tips on how to make their votes count.
Sloat said that a valid marking – a filled-in arrow is shown on posters at the polling place and inside the voting booths. If voters make mistakes marking their ballots, Sloat said they should not try to correct those errors.
Instead, voters should return the spoiled ballot to the precinct officials, who will destroy it and issue a new ballot to the voter.
Sloat also urged voters to take their voter identification cards with them to the polls.
“Your voter identification card can help precinct officials find your name in the precinct registry, and it may also help them resolve the problem if you are not listed in the precinct registry.”
Voters whose names are not found in the precinct registry, or a voter who disagrees with the information shown in the registry, may need to 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.
Sloat said that voters who want to get through the line quickly should vote around mid-morning or mid-afternoon, because those usually are the two slowest periods for voting during the day.
“Anyone who is eligible and in line at the polling place at 7 p.m. on Tuesday will be entitled to vote,” she added.
Following is a list of the precinct polling places in Tuesday’s primary election:
o Precinct 101: Hooker American Legion Building, 111 N Swem St., Hooker
o Precinct 102: Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, 5402 Memory Lane, Guymon
o Precinct 104: Tyrone City Hall, Florence and Main, Tyrone
o Precinct 105: Methodist Church Ed Bldg., Baker
o Precinct 106: Adams Homemaker’s Bldg., 215 S. Sixth St., Adams
o Precinct 107: Hardesty High School, Fifth and Crawford, Hardesty
o Precinct 201: First Assembly of God Church, 804 N.E. 12th St., Guymon
o Precinct 202: Texas County Conservation District, 601 S.E. Fifth St., Guymon
o Precinct 205: Texas County Activity Center, Fifth and Sunset Ln., Guymon
o Precinct 206: Straight School, Straight
o Precinct 207: Optima City Hall, Fourth and Lincoln, Optima
o Precinct 302: Eva Community Center, Section 19-04N-11E
o Precinct 303: Texhoma Community Center, 203 S. Main, Texhoma
o Precinct 304: Goodwell Community Center, 122 S. Main St., Goodwell
o Precinct 305: Guymon City Hall, 219 N.W. Fourth St., Guymon
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