Absentee ballot deadline for April 5 election is March 30

Voters in Tulsa County who want to have absentee ballots mailed to them for the April 5  City of Bixby Special Utility Franchise Election and City of Collinsville, City of Glenpool, City of Jenks, City of Owasso, City of Sapulpa and City of Tulsa Special Elections, as well as the Tulsa County Sheriff Special General and Special Proposition Elections should apply now, County Election Board Secretary Patty Bryant said.

Although the County Election Board can accept applications for absentee ballots until 5 p.m. on March 30, Bryant urged voters who want to vote by absentee ballot to apply early.

Absentee ballot application forms are available at the County Election Board office at 555 N. Denver Ave. The absentee ballot application forms also can be downloaded and printed at: www.elections.ok.gov.

“At least two mail transactions must be made,” Bryant said. “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 County Election Board by 7 p.m. on election day in order to be counted.

Bryant said that any registered voter may vote by absentee ballot in any election in which he/she is eligible to vote. However, a voter must be registered and reside at an address within the geographical boundaries of a school district or a municipality to be eligible to vote in school district or municipal elections.

It is not necessary to give a reason – or excuse – for voting absentee.

“While anyone can vote absentee without giving a reason, the law still provides several excuses, and it is to the advantage of some voters to use one of them,” Bryant said. 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.