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November 25, 2013

Early voting slated to begin Feb. 6

TAHLEQUAH — A new state law that took effect on Nov. 1 changes the dates and times voters have come to expect for early voting in Oklahoma.

According to Cherokee County Election Board Secretary Mary Kaye Masters-Jobe, early voting begins a day earlier, on Thursday, and continues on Friday and Saturday. All early voting on Monday is discontinued.

The changes are the result of the approval of SB 869, which was signed into law in May. As such, Thursday, Feb. 6, is the first day for in-person absentee,  or “early” voting, in the Feb. 11 Annual School Election.

The new law also adjusts the hours for Saturday in-person absentee voting to begin and end one hour later than previously authorized. During federal and state elections, when voter turnout is often heaviest, the Saturday option gives voters a third opportunity to vote early.

In-person absentee “early” voting now occurs from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., Thursday and Friday, and continues on Saturday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Under the new statute, Monday voting is discontinued entirely.

Candidates for the boards of education in 18 Cherokee County school districts may file for candidacy beginning at 8 a.m., Monday, Dec. 2. The filing period ends at 5 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 4.

Positions at stake will be filled at the Annual School Election scheduled Feb. 11, 2014. If no candidate receives more than 50 percent of the total votes cast in this election, the two candidates receiving the highest number of votes will meet in an election on Tuesday, April 1, 2014.

Offices for which declarations of candidacy will be accepted at the county election board offices include the following:

• Briggs D-44 School District, Office No. 1

• Grandview D-34 School District, Office No.3

• Hulbert I-16 School District, Offices No. 2-5

• Keys D-6 School District, Office No. 4

• Lowrey D-10 School District, Office No. 3

• Norwood D-14 School District, Office No. 2

• Peggs D-31 School District, Office No. 1

• Shady Grove D-26 School District, Office No. 1

• Tahlequah I-35 School District, Office No. 4

• Tenkiller D-66 School District, Office No. 2

• Woodall D-21 School District, Office No. 1

• Westville I-11 School District, Offices No. 2-4

• Locust Grove I-17 School District, Office No. 4

• Kansas I-3 School District, Offices No. 1-4

• Northeastern Tech Center 11 School District, Office No. 4

• Oaks Mission School District, Office No. 4

• Fort Gibson I-3M School District, Office No. 4

• Indian Capital Tech center/vt 4 School District, Office No. 4

More information about absentee voting in Oklahoma, as well as other election-related information, is available at www.elections.ok.gov

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