McAlester News-Capital, McAlester, OK

January 15, 2014

Voter registration deadline set for Feb. 11

By James Beaty
Photo Editor

McALESTER — Friday is the deadline for unregistered voters or voters who have changed their registration to file in time to cast ballots in up coming school board elections in the Crowder, Hartshorne and Tannehill school districts.

School board races are set for Feb. 11 in the three school districts, according to Pittsburg County Election Board Secretary Cathy Thornton.

In order to be considered in time for the February election, voter registration applications must be postmarked no later than midnight Friday, Thornton said.

Voter registration applications received after the deadline will still be processed, but will not be approved until after the February election, according to Thornton.

Individuals who are U.S. citizens, Oklahoma residents and who are at least 18 may apply to become a registered voter.

Qualified individuals who may need to register include those who have never previously registered and those who are not currently registered in the county where they reside.

Others may already be registered to vote but may need to change or update their information. That could include individuals who have moved to a new residence as well as those who have had a name change, such as in the case of marriage, for example.

Those who want to register to vote or change or update their information can do so by completing and mailing an Oklahoma Voter Registration Application form in order for it to be postmarked by the Friday at midnight deadline.

The forms are available at the Pittsburg County Election Board office at 109 E. Carl Albert Parkway, Room 101.

Forms are also available at most public libraries, post offices and tag agencies in the county, election officials said. Applications are also available online at  www.elections.ok.gov.

Plans call for the county election board to issue a written response to everyone who submits a voter registration application. Election officials said they will respond either by issuing a voter identification card listing the voter’s polling place location and precinct number, or by sending a letter explaining why the voter registration application was not approved.

Anyone who has submitted a voter registration application who has not received a response within 30 days should contact the Pittsburg County Election Board office, Thornton said.

Anyone needing more information can phone the election board at 918-423-3877.

Contact James Beaty at jbeaty@mcalesternews.com