Polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday for the City of Muskogee, Muskogee School District, and Porum School District Mayor, Council, and School Board elections. Muskogee County Board of Elections Secretary Kelly Beach offers this important advice to voters — especially those who will be voting for the first time.
• Mark your ballot using the example posted at your polling station and inside your voting booth. If you make a mistake, don’t try to correct it. Instead, take your ballot to precinct officials. They will destroy the ballot and issue a new one.
• You do not need to make a selection for every question on the ballot for your ballot to be counted. The voting device will only vote for the issues you marked.
• Ballots can be read by the voting device regardless of how you insert the ballot into the system. If the system detects too many marks for a single office or question, an error code will appear. The voter can choose to submit the ballot as is or request a new ballot.
• If you need help or want to use the audio-assisted voting system, let a precinct official know. You do not have to show proof of disability to use the audio-assisted voting system.
• Be sure to bring approved ID. Federal and state issued photo IDs, passports and tribal issued photo IDs are accepted. You can also use the voter identification card that was sent to you when you registered.
If you forget your voter card or your name is not on the electoral register, you can still vote provisionally by signing an affidavit. A provisional ballot is sealed in a special envelope and counted after Election Day, after voter information has been verified by the county election commission. Election results cannot be certified until all provisional ballots have been searched, verified and counted.
Beach says election officials are there to help voters and make sure all procedures are followed on Election Day. If you believe a law has been violated, contact precinct or county election officials immediately. Do not wait to leave the polling place.
Voting activity is typically slowest mid-morning and mid-afternoon, but the Elections Committee says queues and wait times can vary from precinct to precinct. . All voters wishing to vote must be online no later than 7 p.m.
“Anyone who is online at 7 p.m. Tuesday and eligible to vote will be allowed to vote,” Beach said.
You can locate your voting location using the State Election Board’s OK Voter portal at oklahoma.gov/elections/ovp.
The Muskogee County Board of Elections is located at 400 W. Broadway and is open 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. For further information: (918) 687-8151 or email@example.com.