City Charter election to be held Sept. 10

September 1, 2013

Polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 10, for the City of Altus Special Municipal Election. The election will be to vote for, or against, the proposed City Charter. Jennifer L. Wilson, Secretary of the Jackson County Election Board, offered voters some tips on how to make their votes count.

Wilson said that a valid marking —-fill in the box next to your choices —- is shown on posters at the polling place and inside the voting booths. If voters make mistakes marking their ballots, Wilson said they should not try to correct those errors. Instead, voters should return the spoiled ballot to the precinct officials, who will destroy it and issue a new ballot to the voter.

Wilson also stated voters must take their voter identification cards to the polls. “Your voter identification card can help Precinct Officials find your name in the Precinct Registry, and it may also help them resolve the problem if you are not listed in the Precinct Registry.”

Voters whose names are not found in the Precinct Registry, or a voter who disagrees with the information shown in the Registry, may need to cast a provisional ballot. A provisional ballot is sealed in a special envelope and counted after election day if the voter’s information can be verified by the County Election Board.

Wilson said voters who want to get through the line quickly should vote at mid-morning or mid-afternoon, because those usually are the two slowest periods for voting during the day.

“Anyone who is eligible and in line at the polling place at 7:00 pm on Tuesday will be entitled to vote,” she added.

Following is a list of the precinct polling places open in the City of Altus Special Municipal Election: Precinct 1 Altus Best Western; Precinct 2 Altus Community Center; Precinct 3 Southern Prairie Library; Precinct 6 Masonic Lodge; Precinct 7 Southside Baptist Church; Precinct 10 St. John’s Baptist Church; Precinct 14 Prince of Peace Catholic Church; and Precinct 23 Martha Town Hall.