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February 17, 2014

Time left to apply for absentees

Pauls Valley, Oklahoma — There’s still some time to put your request in for mailed absentee ballots as a couple of big sales tax measures go to voters in Pauls Valley and Garvin County as a whole.

In both cases it’s a half cent tax on the ballot for March 4.

One is a Garvin County tax up for renewal, while a totally separate tax just in PV is designed to support the local hospital.

Until the election registered voters may apply to have mailed absentee ballots sent to them.

Applications must be in the hands of officials in the Garvin County Election Board no later than 5 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 26.

Election Board Secretary Doylene Cunningham urges voters to apply as early as they can.

“Any registered voter eligible to vote in the election may vote by absentee ballot without stating a reason,” Cunningham said.

Application forms are available at the Election Board office located at the Garvin County Courthouse in Pauls Valley.

Forms are also available at www.ok.gov/elections online as well as by mail.

In-person absentee voting will come later in the month.

Those early voting times are from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday and Friday, Feb. 27-28 at the Election Board.

Up for renewal is a Garvin County half-cent tax.

The tax in place since 2007 is again up for a seven-year term with revenue earmarked this time for the county sheriff’s department, county commissioners for roads and the county’s 911 dispatch center. A portion would go into the county’s general fund.

Another half-cent sales tax is on the ballot, this one for Pauls Valley voters.

If the measure is passed the tax revenues will go to make needed capital improvements at PV General Hospital, specifically updating the hospital’s diagnostic equipment.

Yet another election is set for April 1 as a $20.3 million school bond issue in Wynnewood is on the ballot.

The Wynnewood issue, if passed by at least 60 percent, will go to build a new elementary school.

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