(Stillwater) – The deadline for registered voters in the city of Stillwater, Cushing and Yale to apply for absentee ballots to be mailed to them for the April 1, 2008 municipal general elections is almost here, Secretary of Elections for Payne County Glenna Craig said today.

Applications requesting absentee ballots must be in the hands of the Payne County Election Board no later than 5:00 pm. on Wednesday, March 26th, to be processed.

“Any registered voter living in the municipal boundary who is eligible to vote in the election may vote by absentee ballot without stating a reason,” Craig said.

Voters also may apply for absentee ballots who are physically incapacitated, or care for someone who is physically incapacitated, voters who are confined to a nursing home, voters who are in the Military, or residents of the county living overseas; and the spouses and dependents of military and overseas voters. Absentee voters may apply in person at the County Election Board office, or they may send their applications by mail, or by fax. Applications for absentee can also be downloaded for the Oklahoma State Election Board website.

If voters miss the deadline for mail absentee ballots, or would like to vote early they can cast in-person absentee ballots on Friday March 28 from 8:00 a.m.- 6:00 p.m., or Monday March 31st from 8:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. in the Payne County Election Board office, 315 W. 6th, Suite 207, Stillwater.

For voters who wish to vote by In-Person absentee a two-member, bipartisan Absentee Voting Board will be on duty each day to assist these absentee voters.

“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, “Craig 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 places on election day.” “It is very much like voting at a precinct polling place,” Craig said.

Contact the Payne County Election Board at 405-747-8350 for more information about absentee voting.

Cushing Voters will decide a race for seat number five on the Cushing Board of Commissioners. Incumbent Lynda Smith and Jim Hogrefe are the two candidates. Both advanced from a run-off election on March 4th.