• Special to the Daily Leader
Persons violating election laws during the Tuesday primary election can expect to be reported, Texas County, Okla., election officials have promised.
Kimberly Sloat, secretary of the Texas County Election Board, said that apparent violations will be reported to the appropriate law enforcement agencies.
Sloat pointed out that electioneering is prohibited within 300 feet of any ballot box while an election is in progress.
“In fact, no one except election officials and voters waiting to vote is allowed within 50 feet of any ballot box on election day,” she said.
Sloat said it is also unlawful to take intoxicating liquors of any kind or quantity to within one-half mile of a polling place on election day.
Two other violations were also discussed by Sloat.
“It is unlawful for any person to disclose how he voted to any other person within the election enclosure,” Sloat said. “And, it’s against the law for anyone to remove a ballot from the polling place or to carry a ballot into the polling place.”
Sloat also said registered voters in Texas County who become physically incapacitated won’t have to miss the primary election.
Sloat said state law permits registered voters who will be unable to go to the polls because they became incapacitated to vote on an emergency basis.
“Physical Incapacitation” includes a variety of conditions – injury, illness, childbirth – that prevent a person from voting in person at the polls on election day.
“If you think that you or someone you know fits into this category, contact the county election board office at 338-7644 as soon as possible for more information,” Sloat said.