Election Day reminders and tips

June 26, 2022 | Headlines

NEWKIRK — Polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday, June 28 for the Kay County Commissioner District No. 3, State and Federal Offices Elections.

Election Board Secretary Carol Leaming, offers the following tips to voters- especially those who will be casting a ballot for the first time. 

Voting Tips 

• Mark your ballot using the example posted at your polling place and inside your ballot booth. If you make a mistake, do not try to correct it. Instead take your ballot to the precinct officials. They will destroy it and issue a new one. 

• You do not need to make a selection for each issue on the ballot in order for you ballot to be counted. The voting device will cast votes only for those issues which you mark. 

• Ballots can be read by the voting device regardless of how you insert the ballot into the system. If the system detects too many markings for a single office or question, an error report will be printed and the ballot will be returned to the voter for a new ballot to be issued. 

• If you need assistance or would like to use the audio-assisted ballot system, let a precinct official know. You do not have to show proof of a disability to use the audio-assisted ballot system. 

• Be sure to bring an approved form of identification. Federal and state issued photo IDs, passports, and tribal-issued, photo IDs are accepted. You may also use the voter identification card you were mailed when you registered to vote. 

If you forget your voter ID or your name is not found in the Precinct Registry, you may still cast a provisional ballot by signing and affidavit. 

A provisional ballot is sealed in a special envelope and counted after Election Day, once the voters information has been verified by the County Election Board. Election results cannot be certified until after all provisional ballots have been researched, verified, and counted. 

Leaming said election officials are there to assist voters and ensure all procedures are followed on Election Day. If you believe a law has been violated. Contact precinct or county election officials immediately. Do not wait until you leave the polling location. 

Voting activity is generally slowest during the mid- morning and mid-afternoon, but the Election Board says lines and wait times can vary from precinct to precinct. All voters who want to cast a ballot should be in line no later than 7 p.m. 

“Anyone who is in line by 7 p.m. on Tuesday and eligible to vote, will be allowed to vote,” Leaming said. 

You can locate you polling location by using the State Election Board’s OK Voter Portal at oklahoma.gov/elections/ovp. 

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