Absentee ballot deadline approaching

March 14, 2023 | Headlines

NEWKIRK — Voters in Kay County who want absentee ballots mailed to them for the April 4  Election have until March 20 at 5 p.m. to make a request.

Absentee ballots are available to any registered voter, provided they are eligible to vote in the election requested. No excuse is needed to vote by absentee ballot. 

Voters can submit a request using the OK Voter Portal at oklahoma.gov/elections/ovp. 

Request forms are also available at oklahoma.gov/elections and at the Kay County Election Board office located at 201 S. Main St. in Newkirk. 

Voters are asked to allow time for an absentee ballot to be received, completed, and returned by mail to the Kay County Election Board. 

“With some exceptions, all absentee ballots must be notarized before being returned. Voters should give themselves plenty of time to make sure all steps have been followed and that the ballot is returned correctly in order to be counted,” said Carol Leaming, Election Board Secretary.

Voters exempt from having an absentee ballot affidavit notarized include those who are physically incapacitated and those who care for physically incapacitated individuals that cannot be left alone. Those voters must have their absentee ballot affidavit witnessed by two people. 

Military personnel and residents living overseas, along with their spouses and dependents are also eligible for certain allowances. Military personnel should contact Voting Service Officers in their units for absentee application forms. Residents living overseas may obtain absentee voting applications from any United States military installation or United States Embassy or Consulate. Military personnel and overseas who are already registered voters in Oklahoma may apply for absentee ballots using the OK voter Portal at oklahoma.gov/elections/ovp. Those who need to complete a new Voter Registration Application should apply through the Federal Voting Assistance Program a FVAP.gov. 

All completed absentee ballots must be in the hands of the Kay County Election Board no later than 7 p.m. on Election Day.  

Sample Ballots are now available for the April 4 Election. 

Voters can download a sample ballot using the State Election Board’s OK Voter Portal at oklahoma.gov/elections/ovp or pick up a copy at the Kay County Election Board during normal business hours.  

Kay County Election Board Secretary, Carol Leaming, reminds voters that sample ballots are specific to each person. 

“If the OK voter portal indicates that you have no sample ballots available, it means you are not eligible to vote in an upcoming election. We recommend checking the OK Voter Portal to make sure you have an election before heading to the polls.”  

The Election Board is located in the Kay County Administration Building at 219 S. Main St. in Newkirk and is open 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday. 

For questions, contact the Kay County Election Board at 580-362-2130 or kaycounty@elections.ok.gov