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Voting Tips Offered by Election Board Secretary


Polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Tuesday, March 1, 2016, for the Presidential Preferential Primary Election Delaware County Election Board Secretary Dixie Smith offered voters tips on how to make their votes count.


Smith said that a valid ballot marking—a filled-in box (in either blue or black ballpoint ink)—is important. If voters make mistakes marking their ballots, Smith said they should not try to correct those errors. Instead, a voter should return the spoiled ballot to precinct officials, who will destroy it and issue a new ballot to the voter.


Smith also urged voters to take their voter identification cards with them to the polls. "Your voter ID card (issued by the County Election Board) can help precinct officials find your name in the Precinct Registry, and it may help them resolve the problem if you are not listed in the Registry for some reason," Smith explained. Alternatively, voters can bring an unexpired photo ID card issued by the U.S. government, the state of Oklahoma, or a federally recognized tribal government.


Voters without ID, or whose names are not found in the Precinct Registry, or voters who disagree with the information shown in the Registry, may always cast a provisional ballot. A provisional ballot is sealed in a special envelope and counted after Election Day if the voter's information can be verified by the County Election Board.


Smith said that voters who want to get through the line quickly should vote at mid-morning or mid-afternoon, because those usually are the two slowest periods.


"Anyone who is eligible and in line at the polling place at 7 p.m. on Tuesday will be entitled to vote," the Delaware County Election Board Secretary added.


Following is a list of the precinct polling places open on Election Day:

Delaware County Polling Places

  • Precinct 1 Grace Point United Methodist Church
  • Precinct 2 Bernice Senior Citizens Building
  • Precinct 3 Monkey Island Fire Department
  • Precinct 4 Hickory Grove Fire Dept
  • Precinct 5 St. Andrews Episcopal Church
  • Precinct 6 Cowskin Fire Department #1
  • Precinct 7 1st United Methodist Church
  • Precinct 8 Butler Baptist Church
  • Precinct 9 Grace Harbor Baptist Church
  • Precinct 11 Bible Baptist Church
  • Precinct 12 Zena Community Center
  • Precinct 14 1st Assembly of God Church
  • Precinct 15 Assembly of God Church Topsy
  • Precinct 10/16 Jay Community Center
  • Precinct 17 Eucha Community Center
  • Precinct 18 Mt. Hermon Church Rec Building
  • Precinct 19 Colcord Church of Christ
  • Precinct 20 Kenwood Water Office
  • Precinct 21 Leach First Baptist Church
  • Precinct 22 Kansas Community Center
  • Precinct 23 West Siloam Fire Dept

 

Electioneering, Other Violations Discouraged
by Delaware County Election Board Secretary


Delaware County Election Board Secretary Dixie Smith today advised voters, candidates, campaign officials, and volunteers to be very aware of—and careful to not violate—state election laws in the March 1, 2016 Presidential Preferential Primary Election. Smith said that all known election law violations will be reported to the proper law enforcement authorities, usually the County Sheriff and District Attorney. "Our precinct officials are going to be watching very closely on Election Day for illegal electioneering by candidates, zealous campaign staff, and their volunteers. It's unlawful in Delaware County and across the State of Oklahoma to electioneer within 300 feet of a ballot box, she explained.


To electioneer means to work for or against election of a particular candidate, political party, or issue. "This includes the illegal placement of any campaign signs inside the 300 feet boundary limit away from the ballot box," reminded Smith.


Smith said election law violations sometimes committed accidentally by voters include disclosing how one voted while within the election enclosure or removing a ballot from the polling place.
Other violations by voters include taking a ballot into or out of the polling place or taking intoxicating liquors within half a mile of a polling location. It is unlawful for any person to disclose how he or she voted to any other person while inside the election enclosure. Smith said it also is against the law for anyone other than voters waiting in line to vote and for precinct or other election officials to be within 50 feet of a ballot box during the election.


Citizens can find these and other state election laws in Title 26 of the Oklahoma Statutes. For more about this topic and other Oklahoma election-related information, please visit www.elections.ok.gov.

 

 
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