Tahlequah Daily Press

March 24, 2014

Deadline to request absentee ballots approaches


TAHLEQUAH — Registered voters in Cherokee County who want to vote by mail absentee ballot in the Tuesday, April 1, Briggs Annual School Runoff have until Wednesday, March 26, at 5 p.m. to request one, County Election Board Secretary Mary Kaye Masters-Jobe said.

“If absentee voters miss the deadline, they aren’t out of luck,” Masters-Jobe said.

Voters who want to cast absentee ballots still can do so in person at the County Election Board office, 914 S. College,  Thursday and Friday, March 27-28. A two-member, bipartisan Absentee Voting Board will be on duty each day from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. to 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,” Masters-Jobe said. “They are required to swear they have not voted a regular mail absentee ballot and that they will not vote at their polling place on election day.”

The Absentee Voting Board verifies a voter’s registration information. Then, the board issues the appropriate ballots. The voter marks the ballots in a booth and casts them in the voting device.

For more information, contact the Cherokee County Election Board at (918)456-2261.