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March 26, 2014

Early voting for city election begins Thursday

DUNCAN — Early voting begins Thursday and continues Friday for the Duncan special election, Stephens County Election Board Secretary Angela Dunagan said.

Early voting is no longer conducted on Monday, she noted.

Voters in Duncan on Tuesday will elect a new councilman for the 2nd Ward and decide whether to extend for another five years a half-cent sales tax for economic development and city infrastructure improvements.

Registered voters who want to vote by absentee mail ballot have until 5 p.m. today to ask for one, Dunagan said.

She added, however, that voters who want to cast absentee ballots still can do so in person at the County Election Board office on Thursday or Friday from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.

A two-person bipartisan absentee voting board will assist absentee voters.

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

After registration is verified, a voter is given the appropropriate ballots to mark in a voting booth and then casts them in the voting device, she said.

“It is very much like voting at a precinct polling place.”

Dunagan also said Oklahomans who want to elect the nominee of a political party in the primary or runoff elections this year should make sure they are registered in that party no later than Thursday.

Changes of political affiliation are not allowed between April 1 through Aug. 31 in even-numbered years, she said.

For more information, the Stephens County Election Board number is located the county courthouse at 101 S. 11th, Suite 100 in Duncan. The board’s phone number is (580) 255-8782.

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