• Special to the Daily Leader
Special assistance will be offered to four groups of voters at the Nov. 2 general election, Texas County Election Board Secretary Kimberly Sloat said.
Physically disabled voters who cannot enter the polling place, physically disabled voters who need help marking their ballots inside the polling place, blind or visually disabled voters and illiterate voters may be assisted by a person the voter chooses.
In all cases, persons providing such assistance may not be the voter’s employer or an agent of the employer or an officer or agent of the voter's union. Persons providing assistance also must swear or affirm that the voter’s ballots will be marked in accordance with the voter’s wishes.
Sloat also said two other services are provided to voters at their polling places.
Voters who have moved since the last election, but who have not transferred their registration, may do so on election day by going to the polling place where their registration has been in the past. While voting, they may fill out a form instructing the County Election Board to transfer their registration to the new address before the next election.
Also, the next of kin of voters who have died, but whose registrations still are in the book, can cancel those registrations by filling out a form at the polling place.
Sample ballots now are also available at the election board office for voters who want to get a preview of what will be at stake in the general election.
Sloat said that sample ballots can be viewed at the Election Board office, located at 301 N. Main St. during regular office hours, 9 a.m. through 3 p.m.
Sample ballots are available for viewing at the precinct polling place Tuesday so that voters can review them before casting their votes.
Registered voters in Texas County who want to vote by mail absentee ballot in next Tuesday’s general election have missed the application deadline, Sloat said.
“They aren’t out of luck, however,” Sloat said
Voters who want to cast absentee ballots still can do so at the County Election Board office on Friday or Monday. A two-member, bipartisan Absentee Voting Board will be on duty each day from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. to assist absentee voters.
The Absentee Voting Board will also be on duty from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday.
“In-person absentee voters fill out an application form when they get to the office. They are not required to give a reason for voting absentee,” Sloat said. “They are required to swear that they have not voted a regular mail absentee ballot and that they will not vote at their polling place on election day.”
According to Sloat, the Absentee Voting Board verifies a voter’s registration information, then issues the voter’s ballots. The voter marks the ballots in a voting booth and then puts them in the voting device.
“It is very much like voting at a precinct polling place,” Sloat said.
Contact the County Election Board, located at 301 N Main St., for more information. The telephone number is (580) 338-7644.