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August 23, 2013

Deadline nears for Chisholm voters to get absentee ballots mailed to them

ENID, Okla. — Voters in the Chisholm Public Schools district who want to have absentee ballots mailed to them for the Sept. 10 bond election should apply now, Garfield County Election Board Secretary Roy Schneider said.

Although the election board can accept applications for absentee ballots until 5 p.m. Sept. 4, Schneider urged voters to apply early.

Absentee ballot application forms are available at the election board office, 903 Failing. Application forms also can be downloaded and printed from www.ok.gov/elec tions.

“At least two mail transactions must be made,” Schneider said. “The county election board must mail the ballots to the voter and the voter must return the voted ballots by mail.”

Ballots must be in the hands of the election board by 7 p.m. on election day in order to be counted.

Schneider said any registered voter in the district may vote by absentee ballot.

Voters can activate some special conditions to make it easier for them to use absentee ballots. The reasons are:

• Voters who are physically incapacitated and voters who care for physically incapacitated people who cannot be left unattended may vote absentee.

• Voters who are confined to nursing homes in the county may vote absentee. An Absentee Voting Board goes to the nursing home a few days before the election, sets up a small polling place and allows these people to vote under circumstances similar to those at a regular precinct polling place. They may apply only by mail or by fax.

Chisholm Public Schools is seeking $17.9 million to build a new elementary school.

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