Newkirk and Ponca City elections set for Tuesday

February 12, 2024 | Headlines

NEWKIRK — Monday voters in Ponca City and Newkirk go to the polls between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. for the Newkirk School Bond Election and the Ponca City Municipal Election. 

In Newkirk, voters are voting on two school propositions and in Ponca City Harold Lee Randolph and Stephanie L. Austin are competing for City Commission seat No. 2.

Ponca City voters are also reminded that Precinct 503 voting location has been moved from  Victory Worship Center, 618 E. Hartford Avenue in Ponca City, to  First Christian Church, at 210 N. 5th Street in Ponca City. 

Kay County Election Board Secretary Carol Leaming offers these important tips to voters — especially whose 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 the ballot and issue a new one.

• You do not need to make a selection for each election/issue on the ballot in order for your ballot to be counted. The voting device will cast votes only for threose elections/issues which you have marked.

• 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 the precinct official know. You don not have to show proof of a disability to use the audio-assisted ballot system.

• Be sure to bring an approved form of identification. 

Photo identification cards issued by the federal government, State of Oklahoma or a federally recognized tribe are accepted.

 You may also use the free, voter identification card mailed to you by your County Election Board when you registered to vote. Forms of identification with an expiration date, must have an expiration date that falls after the date of the Election.

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 an affidavit. 

A provisional ballot is sealed in a special envelope and counted after Election Day, if the voter’s registration information can be verified by the County Election Board . Election results cannot be certified until all provisional ballots have been researched, verified and (if valid) counted.

Some voters may need assistance to vote because they are blind or visually disabled, physically disabled or infirmed, or illiterate. 

Such individuals may request to have an assistant or vote privately and independently using the ATI device attached to the voting device. 

Those who require assistance should talk to their precinct official or contact the County Election Board at 580-362-2130.