The Enid News and Eagle, Enid, OK

September 16, 2013

Absentee ballots are available

By Robert Barron, Staff Writer
Enid News & Eagle

ENID, Okla. — If you need a ballot mailed to you for the Oct. 8 countywide election, you better apply now, said Garfield County Election Board Secretary Roy Schneider.

Voters in the county will decide two issues: whether to allow restaurants and clubs can sell alcohol on Sundays, and whether to renew a sales tax to benefit rural fire departments.

The election board can accept application for absentee ballots until 5 p.m. Oct. 2, but Schneider said earlier is better. Forms are available at the election board office, 903 Failing, and can be downloaded and printed at

“There are at least two mail transactions made,” Schneider said.

The election board mails the ballot to the voter, and the voter must mail the completed ballot back to the election board. It must be received by 7 p.m. election day to be counted, he said.

Any registered voter may vote by absentee ballot in any election in which he or she is eligible to vote.

One proposal on the ballot would allow restaurants and clubs to sell alcohol between 10 a.m. and midnight Sundays. The proposal also allows liquor sales on Memorial Day, the Fourth of July and Labor Day, but keeps Thanksgiving and Christmas dry.

The other would allow for a 10-year renewal of a one-tenth cent sales tax with money going to 12 rural volunteer fire departments in the county.