Voters in Rogers County who want to have absentee ballots mailed to them for the April 6 Owasso and Justus-Tiawah School and Claremore, Catoosa, and Chelsea Municipal Elections should apply now. Although the County Election Board can accept applications for absentee ballots until 5 p.m. on Tuesday, March 30, election board secretary Julie Dermody urged voters who want to vote by absentee ballot to apply early.
Absentee ballot application forms are available at the County Election Board office located at 415 W. 1st St. An online version of the form can be filled out and submitted electronically at rogerscountyelectionboard.org. A print form can also be downloaded at that address.
Ballots must be in the hands of County Election Board officials by 7 p.m. on Election Day to be counted.
Dermody said any registered voter may vote by absentee ballot in any election in which he/she is eligible to vote. However, a voter must be registered and reside at an address within the geographical boundaries of a school district or a municipality to be eligible to vote in school district or municipal elections. It is not necessary to give a reason for voting absentee.
“While anyone can vote absentee without giving a reason, the law still provides several advantages to absentee voters in some categories,” Dermody said.
By stating one of the following reasons on their applications, absentee voters can activate 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.
- Voters who are confined to nursing homes in the county.
- Military personnel and residents of the county living overseas and the spouses and dependents of each group.