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November 1, 2012

Early voting for general election starts Friday

Registered Oklahoma voters who wish to vote early for candidates and issues on Oklahoma’s 2012 General Election ballot can do so this Friday, Saturday, or Monday.

State Election Board Secretary Paul Ziriax also reminded voters that Oct. 31 at 5 p.m. is the deadline to request an absentee ballot for the Nov. 6 General Election. At this late date, he said voters should fax or hand-deliver their completed absentee ballot applications to the voter’s county election board by 5 p.m.

“All 77 county election board offices will be open for ‘early voting’ — officially known as ‘in-person absentee voting’ — in the days leading up to the Nov. 6 General Election,” said State Election Board Secretary Paul Ziriax.

Polls will be open statewide, according to the following schedule:

• Friday, Nov. 2:

8 a.m. – 6 p.m.

• Saturday, Nov. 3:

8 a.m. – 1 p.m.

• Monday, Nov. 5:

8 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Voters who want to vote early must do so in the county where they are registered to vote. A list of county election boards and office addresses is available on the State Election Board’s website: http://elections.ok.gov.

“Early voting is a convenient alternative for an Oklahoma voter who for some reason can’t make it to their assigned polling place on Election Day, and it is also a nice, flexible option for voters who are so excited to vote that they don’t want to wait until Tuesday,” Ziriax explained.

Key facts about early voting:

• Voting more than once is a felony, so voters who vote by absentee ballot (either in-person or by regular mail) cannot vote again at their precinct polling place on Election Day.

• In-person absentee voters must fill out an application form when they arrive at the county election board office.

• Voters are not required to give a reason for voting absentee.

• Voters are required to swear that they have not voted a regular mail absentee ballot and that they will not vote at their polling place on Election Day.

• Voters must show their proof of identity, such as the voter ID card issued to the voter by a county election board, or other acceptable, unexpired state or federal ID, e.g., an Oklahoma driver’s license, U.S. passport, military ID, etc.

• After the voter completes the application and proves their identity, the county’s two-member, bipartisan Absentee Voting Board verifies the voter’s registration information and issues the voter’s ballot.

• The voter marks the ballot in a private voting booth, and then puts the marked ballot in the voting device — much like voting at a precinct polling place.

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