Some voters wishing to cast ballots in the Weleetka, Morris and Haskell school elections are finding their polling places are closed.
Okmulgee County Election Board Secretary Ashley Carnes announced polling closures include:
Haskell Public School: Precinct 27 Twin Hills Baptist Church, 38 voters affected;
Morris Public School: Precinct 7 East Central Electric, 1 voter affected;
Morris Public School: Precinct 27 Twin Hills Baptist Church, 5 voters affected;
Weleetka Public School: Precinct 16 Henryetta Housing Authority, 73 voters affected.
“State law allows a school district to close a precinct polling place if the entire precinct is not contained within the school district's boundaries and if there are fewer than 100 registered voters in that part of the precinct that is inside the school district,” she said.
Voters who are registered in these precincts and the voter’s address in located in the school district boundaries will receive an application for absentee ballots from the Okmulgee County Election Board. They can fill out, sign and return the application form to the County Election Board to have a ballot mailed to them. Applications for absentee ballots must be received by the County Election Board no later than 5 p.m. on Wednesday, February 6 for this election. Absentee ballots must be in the County Election Board's hand by 7 p.m. on Election Day to be counted.
Voters may also vote early by Absentee in Person at the Okmulgee County Election Board office, located at the Okmulgee County Courthouse, 314 W. 7th Street, Room 102, Okmulgee, O.K. 74447, from 8 a.m. until 6 p.m. on Thursday, February 7 and Friday, February 8.
Any registered voter in the above precincts who believes that he or she may reside in the Haskell, Morris, or Weleetka Public School District and who has not yet received an absentee ballot application from the County Election Board should contact the County Election Board office immediately at 918-756-2365.
Weleetka voters will be casting ballots for either Sheena Dover or Season Pinkston for school board.
Morris voters have Kyle Brooks, Dana Mims and Jessica Key-Caldwell running for school board office number 4.
Haskell voters will be deciding between Sheryl Marie McHenry or Jay Thomas Dixon for that school board office 1.