The Enid News and Eagle, Enid, OK

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October 31, 2012

In-person absentee voting Friday, Saturday, Monday

ENID, Okla. — In-person absentee voting will be 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday and Monday and 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at Garfield County Election Board for Tuesday’s general election.

“In-person absentee voters fill out an application form when they get to the office. They are not required to give a reason for voting absentee,” said Roy Schneider, election board secretary. “They are required to swear that they have not voted a regular mail absentee ballot and that they will not vote at their polling places on election day.”

Garfield County Election Board is located at 903 Failing. The telephone number is 237-6016.

Special assistance will be offered to four groups of voters for the election.

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, a person 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.

A person providing assistance also must swear the voter’s ballots will be marked in accordance with the voter’s wishes.

Schneider 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 vote at the polling place where their registration has been in the past.

While voting, they may fill out a form instructing the 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.

Registered voters who become physically incapacitated will be able to vote on an emergency basis.

“Physical incapacitation” includes a variety of conditions — injury, illness and childbirth — that prevent a person from voting in-person at the polls on election day.

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