Pauls Valley, OK, Pauls Valley Democrat

September 24, 2013

Change coming for early voting days

Barry Porterfield
Pauls Valley Democrat — With a new law comes a change in the days voters will be able to cast their early ballots starting with elections in November, which includes one in Pauls Valley.

Although early mailed absentee voting will stay the same, the approaching change is focused on the days in-person absentee voting takes place at county election boards.

For the Garvin County Election Board that means the first election impacted by the new law will be in mid-November when PV voters decide the fate of a proposed sales tax measure designed to support the local hospital.

“Normally early voters vote on Friday and the following Monday and sometimes Saturdays during a federal, state or county election,” said Election Board Secretary Doylene Cunningham.

“In November this new law will change the early voting dates to Thursday and Friday,” she said.

“After the law takes effect early voters won’t be able to come in and vote on Monday.”

This new law is set to take effect on Nov. 1 as voters looking to stop by the Election Board office in the county courthouse to vote a little early will have to be mindful of the change with the in-person absentee voting days.

On the Nov. 12 ballot here in PV is a measure calling for a local half cent sales tax that if passed will go to support the operations of Pauls Valley General Hospital.

With this election the in-person absentee voting days will be Thursday and Friday, Nov. 7-8. After that ballots won’t come until election day.

Thanks to the new law none of those ballots will be cast on the Monday before the election.

Voters need to pay attention to this one since the courthouse building in PV, along with the Election Board, will be closed on Nov. 11 in observance of Veterans’ Day.

These new days for the early voting period will continue with any elections after this upcoming one in PV, said Cunningham.

The Election Board secretary is hoping the voting public gets the news about the change. Once they do Cunningham can only guess as to how it might impact some voters.

“I don’t know how it will affect the voters,” she said.

“I just want voters to know about this change.”

Voting hours will remain the same for the Thursday and Friday in-person absentees — 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the Election Board office.

Any PV residents wanting to get registered to vote or make changes to their registrations before this upcoming election have until Oct. 18.

The deadline to request mailed absentee ballots is Nov. 6.

The new law won’t impact another fall election, this one set for Oct. 8 in Maysville as early voting days here will remain on the Friday and Monday before the election.

This vote looks to fill three seats on the Maysville Board of Trustees left vacant recently by a trio of abrupt resignations.

One race pits Richard Duane Robinson against Debra Degering for one council seat with two more years left on its full term.

Two other seats with unexpired terms look to be filled by the top vote-getters out of the three candidates filing to seek the offices.

The trio of candidates include Michael Park, David Uhles and Bryson S. Tate.

In Maysville the deadline to request mailed absentee ballots is Oct. 2.