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June 23, 2014

Violations discouraged by county election board secretary

NORMAN — Cleveland County Election Board Secretary Bryant Rains recently advised voters, candidates, campaign officials and volunteers to be very aware of — and careful to not violate — state election laws in the Tuesday Primary Election.

It’s unlawful in Cleveland County and across the State of Oklahoma to electioneer within 300 feet of a ballot box, he explained. To electioneer means to work for or against the election of a particular candidate, political party, or issue.

“This includes the illegal placement of any campaign signs inside the 300 feet boundary limit away from the ballot box,” Rains said.

Secretary Rains said election law violations sometimes committed accidentally by voters include disclosing how one voted while within the election enclosure or removing a ballot from the polling place.

Other violations by voters include taking a ballot into or out of the polling place or taking intoxicating liquors within half a mile of a polling location. It is unlawful for any person to disclose how he or she voted to any other person while inside the election enclosure. Rains said it also is against the law for anyone other than voters waiting in line to vote and for precinct or other election officials to be within 50 feet of a ballot box during the election.

Citizens can find these and other state election laws in Title 26 of the Oklahoma Statutes.

For more, visit elections.ok.gov.

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