The city of Krebs is holding a special utility franchise election on May 9.

During the special election, voters will be casting ballots to grant Public Service Co. of Oklahoma a non-exclusive franchise for the next 25 years. The franchise grants PSO the right to use the streets, alleys and other public property for the purpose of distributing and selling electricity.

Cities ordinarily vote on electrical franchises every 25 years.

Meanwhile, the Pittsburg County Election Board office can accept absentee ballot applications for the special Krebs election until 5 p.m. on Wednesday.

Absentee ballot application forms are available at the Pittsburg County Election Board office on the first floor of the Pittsburg County Courthouse in McAlester.

Any registered voter qualified to cast ballots in Krebs city elections may vote by absentee ballot, said Pittsburg County Election Board Secretary Cathy Zukosky.

“At least two mail transactions must be made,” Zukosky said.

“The county election board must mail the ballots to the voter and the voter must return the ballots by mail.” To be counted in the Krebs special election, ballots must be in the hands of election workers by 7 p.m. on election day.

In-person absentee ballot voting in the May 9 Krebs special election will be held from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. on Friday in the Pittsburg County Election Board office.

Early in-person absentee ballot voting will continue on May 8 from 8 a.m. until 6 p.m. at the county election board office.

Contact James Beaty at jbeaty@mcalesternews.com.

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