The Pryor Times

January 11, 2013

Registration date approaches

— Friday January 18, is the last day to apply for voter registration in order to be eligible to vote in the February 12, Annual School Elections in Locust Grove, Salina, Chelsea, and Vinita School Districts and the Special School Bond Election in the Adair School District.

Jill McCullah, Secretary of the Mayes County Election Board said that persons who are United States citizens, residents of Oklahoma, and at least 18 years of age may apply to become registered voters.

Persons who have never registered to vote or who are not currently registered in the county of their residence, and persons who are registered but need to change their registration information may apply to register or to update by filling out and mailing an Oklahoma Registration Application form in time for it to be postmarked by Friday, January 18.

McCullah said that applications postmarked after that time will still be accepted, but will not be approved and processed until after the February 12


The County Election Board responds in writing to every person who submits  an application for voter registration.  The response is either a Voter Identification Card listing the voter’s precinct number and polling place location, or a letter that explains the reason the application was not approved.  McCullah said that anyone who has submitted a registration application but has not received a response within 30 days should contact the County Election Board Office at 825-1826.

Oklahoma Voter Registration Applications are available at the Election Board Office located on the first floor of the Mayes County Courthouse, and at most post offices, libraries, and tag agencies. McCullah said that applications are also available on the Internet at

Absentee ballots

Voters in Mayes County who want to have absentee ballots mailed to them for the February 12, Annual School Elections in Locust Grove, Salina, Chelsea, Vinita, and the Special School Bond Election in Adair, should apply now, Election Board Secretary Jill McCullah said today. Although the Election Board will accept applications for absentee ballots until 5 p.m. Wednesday, February 6, McCullah urged voters to apply early.

Absentee ballot application forms are available at the Election Board Office located on the first floor of the Mayes County Courthouse. The absentee ballot application forms may also be downloaded and printed from the Internet at

“At least two mail transactions must be made,” McCullah stated.  “The County Election Board must mail the ballots to the voter and the voter must return the voted ballots by mail.”  Ballots must be in the hands of the Election Board by 7 p.m. on election day in order to be counted.

McCullah said that any registered voter may vote by absentee ballot in any election in which he or she is eligible to vote.  It is not necessary to provide a reason--or excuse--for voting absentee.  “While anyone can vote absentee without an excuse, the law provides several options for the advantage of some voters.”  By stating one of the following reasons on their applications, these voters can activate some 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 may vote absentee.  They may apply by mail or by fax.

---Voters who are confined to nursing homes may vote absentee.  An Absentee Voting Board actually goes to the nursing home a few days before the election to allow these persons to vote.  They may apply by mail or by fax.

---Militay personnel and residents living overseas and the spouses and dependents of each group are eligible to vote absentee without being registered.  These voters may apply by mail, email, or by fax.  Military personnel should contact the Voting Service Officer in their unit for application forms and additional information.  Residents of Oklahoma living overseas may obtain the same materials from any United States military installation and from United States Embassies and Consulates. Military personnel and overseas citizens may also download and print the appropriate application form from the Internet at

For more information about absentee voting in Mayes County, please contact the Election Board Office at 825-1826.