Absentee ballots now available

Cimarron County voters who wish to vote absentee, need to apply now to have the ballots mailed to them.

Election Board Secretary Vicki Turner said the board will accept applications up to to 5 p.m., on Wednesday, Oct 27; but, she urges those wishing to vote absentee to apply early.


“At least two mail transactions must be made,” Turner said.

The county election board must mail the ballots to the voter and then the completed ballot must be returned to the board by mail. To be counted the ballots must be in the hands of the election board no later than 7 p.m. on election day, Tuesday, Nov. 2.

Any registered voter may vote by absentee ballot in any election in which they are eligible to vote; no reason or excuse is necessary.

However, the law provides several excuses to vote absentee and their use activates some special conditions making the use of absentee ballots easier.

H Voters who are physically incapacitated, or those who care for the physically incapacitated may vote absentee and may only apply by mail, fax or telegraph.

H Voters confined to nursing homes may vote absentee, and an absentee voting board will go to the nursing home and set up a voting area similar to a precinct. They may only apply by mail or fax.

H Military personnel and residents of the county living overseas and the spouses and dependents of each group are eligible to vote without being registered. They may only apply by mail or fax. Military personnel should contact the voting service officers in their units for their application forms and addtional information.

Oklahoma residents living overseas may obtain the same materials from any U.S. military installation or from U.S. Embassies or Consulates.

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