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June 13, 2014

Early voting starts June 19

TAHLEQUAH — A new state law which took effect on November 1, 2013, changes the dates and times voters have come to expect for early voting in Oklahoma. Now, early voting begins on Thursday and continues on Friday and Saturday, Cherokee County Election Board Secretary Mary Kaye Smith said. Of special note, early voting is no longer conducted on Monday.

These changes have occurred due to the approval of SB 869, which was signed into law in May, 2013. As a result, Thursday, June 19, is the first day for in-person absentee, aka “early” voting, in the June 24.

The new law also adjusts the hours for Saturday in-person absentee voting.

Saturday voting now takes place from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. Smith explained that during federal and state elections such as this one, voter turnout is often heavier and providing early voting on Saturday gives voters an additional opportunity to vote before election day.

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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