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May 29, 2014

Voters encouraged to apply for absentee ballots early

NORMAN — While the June 24 election is a primary, many races will be decided by that vote. Those include state representative races for District 27 and District 54, both of which have two GOP candidates facing off for the seat.

Oklahoma’s voter-friendly laws make it easy for registered voters to cast ballots. Voters who want absentee ballots mailed to them for the primary election should apply now, Cleveland County Election Board Secretary Bryant Rains said.

No excuse is required for voting absentee in Oklahoma. Although the county election board can accept applications for absentee ballots until 5 p.m. June 18, Rains urged voters to apply early.

Friday is the voter registration deadline for the June 24 election. It is too late to change party affiliation before the primary, but voters can make address or name changes in time for the June 24 ballot.

Application forms are available at the County Election Board office, 641 E. Robinson St. Voter registration forms or absentee ballot application forms can be downloaded and printed at elections.ok.gov or clevelandcountyelectionboard.com.

Absentee ballots must be in the hands of the election board by 7 p.m. on election day to be counted.

Military personnel should contact the Voting Service Officers in their units for application forms and information or visit the Federal Voting Assistance Program site, fvap.gov/oklahoma. Oklahoma residents living overseas can obtain the same materials from any United States military installation and from U.S. embassies and consulates, as well as on the FVAP website.

For more information about absentee voting, contact the County Election Board office at 366-0210.

The primary election includes Ward 2 city council candidates, several county officials and numerous judges, state and federal officials.

Two Oklahoma senators with districts that include Cleveland County were up for re-election this year. Neither District 16 Sen. John Sparks, D-Norman, or District 24 Sen. Anthony Sykes, R-Moore, were challenged and will retain their seats.

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