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Absentee voters for upcoming school elections have until Feb. 8 to apply


Voters in Kay County who want absentee ballots mailed to them for the Feb. 8 Tonkawa School Board, Frontier School Bond, or the Deer Creek-Lamont School Bond elections need to apply by Feb. 8.

Absentee ballots are available to any registered voter, provided they are eligible to vote in the election requested. No excuse is needed to vote by absentee ballot.

The deadline for requesting an absentee ballot is 5 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 1. Voters can submit a request using the OK Voter Portal at

Request forms are also available at and at the Kay County Election Board office located at 201 S. Main St. in Newkirk.

Election Board Secretary Carol Leaming said voters should apply now to allow time for an absentee ballot to be received, completed, and returned by mail to the Election Board. “With some exceptions, all absentee ballots must be notarized before being returned. Voters should give themselves plenty of time to make sure all steps have been followed and that the ballot is returned correctly in order to be counted,” Leaming said.

Voters exempt from having an absentee ballot affidavit notarized include those who are physically incapacitated and those who care for physically incapacitated individuals that cannot be left alone. Those voters must have their absentee ballot affidavit witnessed by two people.

Military personnel and residents living overseas, along with their spouses and dependents are also eligible for certain allowances. Military personnel should contact Voting Service Officers in their units for absentee application forms. Residents living overseas may obtain absentee voting applications from any United States military installation or United States Embassy or Consulate. Military personnel and overseas who are already registered voters in Oklahoma may apply for absentee ballots using the OK voter Portal at Those who need to complete a new Voter Registration Application should apply through the Federal Voting Assistance Program a

All completed absentee ballots must be in the hands of the Election Board no later than 7 p.m. on Election Day.

The Election Board is open 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday. For questions, call 580 362 2130 or e-mail [email protected].