Voter deadlines are near

Friday, Jan. 20 is the last day to apply for voter registration in order to be eligible to vote in the annual school board election, according to Election board Secretary Vicki Turner.

Individuals who are citizens of the United States , residents of Oklahoma and at least 18 years old, may apply to become registered voters.

Persons who have never registered or who are not currently registered to vote in the county of their residence, or those needing to change their registration information may apply by filling out and mailing a registration application in time to be postmarked no later than midnight, Jan. 20, 2006.

Applications postmarked after that time will be accepted and processed but will not be approved for the Feb. 14 election. The election board will respond in writing to each person who submits a registration application, the response(s) will be:

F A voter's identification card with the precinct number and polling place location.

F A letter that explains the reason(s) the application was not approved.

Anyone having not received an answer within 30 days should contact the Cimarron county election board office.

Forms are available at the election board office in the Cimarron County courthouse basement, or in the holder outside the door, or in the Cimarron County Tag office.

Absentee voters should apply:

Cimarron County voterswho want absentee ballots mailed to them for the annual election should apply now, according to Election Board Secretary Vicki Turner.

Although the board can accept applications for absentee ballots until 5 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 8, 2006 , voters are urged to apply early.

Applications are available in the basement of the courthouse.

At least two mail transactions must be made; the election board must mail the ballots to the voter and they must be returned to the election board by mail.

The ballots must be in the hands of the election board by 7 p.m. on Election Day in order to be counted.

Any registered voter may vote by absentee ballot in any election in which he or she is eligible to vote; no reason or excuse is necessary, but some reason might be used and thereby some conditions can be activated:

F Voters who are physically incapacitated and those who care for the physically incapacitated may vote absentee. They may apply by mail, fax or telephone.

F Voters confined to nursing homes: the election board will go to the nursing home. They may apply by mail or fax.

F Military personnel and residents of the county living overseas and their spouses and dependents of each group are eligible to vote without being registered. They may apply by mail or fax, and they should contact the voting service officer in their unit for applications and information.

Residents of Oklahoma living overseas may obtain the same materials from any U.S. Embassy, or military installation overseas.

The Keyes school district has four candidates for the Number one position- incumbent Tommy Grazier, and opponents Debbie Copeland, Joyce Balenseifen, and Larry Taylor.

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