County voters prepare for annual school elections

Polls in Cimarron County will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m on Tuesday Feb. 13 for the annual school elections.

Vicki Turner, the Cimarron County Election Board Secretary has some tips on how voters can make their vote count.

F First to make a valid mark, the arrow next to your choice must be completly filled in.

F If you make a mistake marking the ballott it must be returned to the election officials and exchanged for a fresh ballot; the voter should not try to correct their mistake on the ballot.

F Voters should take their voter identification cards to the polls with them. This card can help the election officials to find your name in the registry, and should your name not be found it could help them resolve any problem.

F Voters whose names cannot be found on the registry or voters who disagree with information shown must vote a provisional ballot. This ballot will then be sealed and counted after election day when the information is verified.

Cimarron County polls locations will be as follows:

 

Felt

#2- Community Building

 

Boise City

#3 City Hall

#4 Library

# 5 Methodist Church-West Door

Keyes

#6 Keyes School

 

Plainview

# 7 Plainview School

In the Felt elections, Incumbant Gary Maness faces two challengers David Hutchison and Casey Murdock.

In the Boise City election Incumbant Curt Sparkman faces challenger Leon Apple.

In the Keyes election, Larry Taylor, a first time candidate, is unopposed.

Absentee voting

Register voters who wanted to vote absentee have missed the opportunity to have the ballot mailed to them.

They have other options however. They can still vote absentee on Friday Feb. 9 and on Monday, Feb. 12 from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. in the Election Board Office in the Cimarron County Courthouse Basement.

Each person must fill out an in person absentee application. They are not required to state a reason, but they are required to swear that they have not voted a mailed ballot and that they will not vote at their polling place on election day.

The board will verify the voter's registration information and then issue the correct ballot.

The ballot will then be marked in the privacy of a voting booth.

Incapacitated voters can vote

Registered voters of Cimarron County who have become physically incapacitated after 5 p.m. , Tuesday, Feb. 6 won't have to miss their opportunity to vote. Turner said that the law provides for those unable to go to the polls due to physical incapacitation due to illness, injury, or childbirth.

If you think you, or someone you know fits under this criteria, call the election board office at 544-3377.