Pauls Valley, OK, Pauls Valley Democrat

October 11, 2012

Friday big day for voters

Barry Porterfield
Pauls Valley Democrat — Friday, Oct. 12 is the last day to get registered to vote for those who want to cast a ballot during next month’s general election.

One official at the Garvin County Election Board says there’s been a fairly steady flow of people contacting the office in Pauls Valley in recent days to find out more on the registrations.

“A lot of people have been calling and checking to see if they need to make any updates on their address,” sad Election Board clerk Gayla Dean.

“Mostly it’s from people living in the rural areas,” she said, referring to new addresses for many because of a new countywide 911 phone system.

“It’s very important their information is up to date and current.”

Those checking on their registration information are not the only ones contacting the Election Board as a big focus has been placed on those who have never before been registered to vote.

“New voters who are not registered need to get it done before the 12th,” Dean said.

A person who is eligible to register to vote must be at least 18 years old, a United States citizen and a resident of the state of Oklahoma.

To get registered one much fill out a voter registration application form, which is available at a number of places such as the Election Board, post offices, tag agencies, libraries and even the local chamber of commerce in PV.

It was just last week when the local chamber office located at 112 East Paul in downtown PV set up a table inside allowing people to get registered to vote there.

The chamber’s president, Della Wilson, said the interest has been high when it comes to people coming in to get registered.

“We’ve had a lot of people come by and register to vote here,” Wilson said.

“I’ve been impressed with the number of people who’ve come.”

The voter registration forms can also be found online on the Oklahoma Election Board website.

Voters who have their registrations in order can also request that absentee ballots be mailed to them for the election on Tuesday, Nov. 6.

The deadline here is by 5 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 31 as forms are available at the Election Board.

Also available are sample ballots, which for different parts of Garvin County add up to the big race for president of the United States, one U.S. House race, two state Senate races, four state House races and a long list of judges for the Oklahoma Supreme Court and the courts of criminal and civil appeals.

Oklahoma voters will also face six state questions. PV’s chamber will sponsor a special program later this month on those same questions.

Dr. Tim Mauldin is scheduled to share information on the state questions during a forum open to the public at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 30.