Less than a week remains for registered voters in Stephens County to apply for absentee ballots to be mailed to them for the February 11 elections County Election Board Secretary Angela Dunagan said today. The elections include Special elections for Velma-Alma Schools and Empire Schools along with a city council race for the City of  Marlow.

Applications for absentee ballots must be received by the County Election Board no later than 5 p.m. Wednesday, February 5, to be processed in time for the election. However, anyone who misses that deadline can still vote early. Early voting will be available in the main lobby of the Stephens County Courthouse from 8.am. to 6 p.m. Thursday and Friday. 

Absentee voters may apply in person at the County Election Board office or may send their applications by mail, fax, or e-mail. An online version of the form may be filled out and submitted electronically at www.elections.ok.gov.  Any registered voter eligible to vote in the election may vote by absentee ballot without stating a reason, Dunagan said, however absentee voters can activate certain special conditions in the following circumstances:

Registered voters who are physically incapacitated and voters who care for physically incapacitated persons who cannot be left unattended may apply for absentee ballots only by mail, fax, e-mail, online or via an agent who is at least 16 years of age and who is not employed by or related within the third degree of consanguinity or affinity to any person whose name appears on the ballot.

Registered voters who are confined to nursing homes in the county may apply by mail, by fax, by e-mail, online or via an agent who is at least 16 years of age and who is not employed by or related within the third degree of consanguinity or affinity to any person whose name appears on the ballot.

Military personnel, residents of Stephens County living overseas, and the spouses and dependents of each group may apply only by mail, by fax, or by e-mail.  For more information and instructions, military and overseas voters may visit the Federal Voting Assistance Program website: www.fvap.gov/oklahoma. 

For more information on absentee voting, contact the County Election Board at 101 South 11th Street, Suite 100, Duncan.  The telephone number is 580-255-8782.  The County Election Board’s fax number is 580-255-3188.

For additional election-related information, visit: www.elections.ok.gov.

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