Tonkawa voter deadlines approach

August 9, 2019 | Headlines

NEWKIRK — Voter deadlines for the Sept. 10 Tonkawa School District I-87 Special Bond Election are approaching. The deadline to request absentee ballots is Sept. 4 and the last day to register in order to vote in the election is Aug. 16.

Although the Election Board can accept applications for absentee ballots until 5 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 4 voters are urged to apply early.
Absentee ballot application forms are available at the Election Board office located at 201 S. Main Street in Newkirk or online at

Sept. 10 Tonkawa School District Election proposition.

Absentee ballots must be mailed to the voter and voters must return the ballots by mail and arrive at the election board by 7 p.m. Election Day.
Any registered voter may vote by absentee ballot in any election in which he or she is eligible to vote. It is not necessary to give a reason, or excuse, for voting absentee. By stating one of the following reasons on their applications, these voters can activate some special conditions that make it easier for them to use absentee ballots. The reasons are:
• Voters who are physically incapacitated and voters who care for physically incapacitated persons who cannot be left unattended may vote absentee. They may apply only by mail, or fax.
• Voters who are confined to nursing homes in the county may vote absentee. An Absentee Voting Board actually goes to the nursing home a few days before the election, sets up a small polling place and allows these persons to vote under circumstances similar to those at a regular precinct polling place.
• Military personnel and residents of the county living overseas and the spouses and dependents of each group are eligible to vote absentee without being registered. Military personnel should contact the Voting Service Officers in their units for applications forms and additional information. Residents of Oklahoma living overseas can obtain the same materials from United States Embassies and Consulates. Military personnel and overseas citizens also can download and print the appropriate applications form from the internet at For more information contact the election board at 580-362-3760.