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Election day reminders, tips and laws

 

August 17, 2022



Voters will head to the polls on Aug. 23 for the Runoff Primary Election. The polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Alfalfa County Election Board Secretary, Stephanie Jantz recommends voters with questions about their eligibility or polling place call before election day.

Jantz says the State Election Board’s OK Voter Portal is the easiest way for voters to verify their registration or locate their polling place. The OK Voter Portal can be found at oklahoma.gov/elections/ovp.

The Alfalfa County Election Board reminds voters to bring a current federal or Oklahoma state-issued photo ID, or federally recognized tribal ID to their polling place. An official Voter Identification Card can also be used as proof of identity. If you forget your ID, you may still cast a provisional ballot by signing an affidavit. Provisional ballots will be verified and counted after election day and before the election is certified.

Voters in Alfalfa County are reminded to keep the integrity of the election system in mind when going to the polls.

While ballot “selfies” or taking photographs of a marked ballot are legal, voters may not share or distribute the image through social media or by any other means while inside the election enclosure. Voters must wait until they leave their polling place before posting or sharing the picture with anyone. Improper use of the photo could result in a violation of the law. Voters may not use the image to coerce, influence or intimidate another voter.

Jantz said voters should be aware that violating the law has consequences.

Jantz said it is illegal to disclose how you voted with anyone while inside the election enclosure. In addition, you may not remove a ballot from the polling place.

Keep in mind that electioneering is prohibited within 300 feet of any ballot box while an election is in progress. This includes wearing or bringing visible campaign-related paraphernalia into the election enclosure. Jantz notes that no one except election officials and voters waiting to vote are allowed within 50 feet of any ballot box on election day. Certain exceptions are made for media and those assisting disabled voters.

Voters are reminded that consuming alcohol of any kind or quantity within one-half mile of a polling place on election day is prohibited.

For questions, please contact the Alfalfa County Election Board at 580-596-2718 or [email protected] The County Election Board is located at 602 W. 5th St. Ste 3, Cherokee. Office hours are 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., Monday through Friday.

 

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