Early voting set for this week

October 1, 2019 | Featured|Headlines

NEWKIRK — Kay County registered voters who want to vote cast absentee ballots for the Oct. 8 county sales tax election can do so at the County Election Board office, 201 S. Main St., on Thursday, Oct. 3 and Oct. 4 beginning at 8 a.m. until 6 p.m. each day.

County officials are proposing a one-fourth of one percent sales tax to fund the construction of an annex next door to the courthouse and courthouse remodeling. (see story)

Currently Kay County has a .667 cent sales tax in place which is used to fund the jail.
The current combined sales tax rates in Kay County are: 
• Blackwell 10.167
• Tonkawa 9.667
• Ponca City 8.667
• Kaw City 9.667
• Kildare 5.167
• Peckham 5.167
• Newkirk 8.167
• Braman 8.167
• Nardin 5.167 percent.

If approved the tax would last 13 years or until the debt is paid off. (see story)

A Facebook page is up illustrating the proposed improvements.

A two-member, bipartisan Absentee Voting Board will be on duty each day 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 a reason for voting absentee,” said Cheryl Howard, election board secretary. “They are required to swear that 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 issues the voter’s ballots. The voter marks the ballots in a voting booth and then puts them in the voting device. “It is very much like voting at a precinct polling place,” said Howard.

For polling place locations click here

For more information on voting call the election board at 580-362-2130.