April 7 election moved; Filing period slated for next week

An election emergency declaration issued by the state election board secretary on March 18 will impact elections scheduled for April 7 in Garvin County, the county election board secretary confirmed today. 

The election emergency allowed all entities, including those with statutory school board member elections, to reschedule their April 7 elections to another date allowed by law. 

The declaration was issued in response to the current COVID-19 health crisis, which has resulted in federal, state and local restrictions.

County Election Board Secretary Doylene Cunningham said the following elections have been rescheduled for June 30:

•City of Lindsay, city councilmember (vote for 3)

•Elmore City-Pernell school, board of education for office no. 5

•Wayne school, board of education for office no. 5

The following April 7 election has been rescinded:

•Stratford school bond proposition

Absentee ballots issued for the April 7 election are no longer valid and should be destroyed.

Voters who were issued an absentee ballot for the April 7 election will be issued a new ballot for the June 30 election, if they are currently signed up to receive absentee ballots for all elections in which they are eligible to vote for the 2020 election year.

Voters who applied for an absentee ballot for the April 7 election only, will need to submit a new absentee ballot request for the June 30 election in order to vote in the rescheduled elections. Absentee ballots can be requested online using the OK Voter Portal at https://www.ok.gov/elections/OVP.html. Applications can also be downloaded at https://www.ok.gov/elections/Voter_Info/Absentee_Voting/index.html.

While the Garvin County Court house is limiting public entry, the Garvin County Election Board will continue to conduct business as usual by phone, email and mail. Business hours may be modified due to the unusual circumstances, but calls and emails will be returned in a timely manner. 

Voters who need to conduct business in person can call or email the county election board to make special arrangements. Voters can also visit the Oklahoma State Election Board website at elections.ok.gov for more information.

The Garvin County Election Board is located in the courthouse at 201 W. Grant, room 8, in Pauls Valley. For more information, contact the county election board at 405-238-3303 or at garvincounty@election.ok.gov.

Meanwhile, the filing period for county and state offices will still be held April 8-10, according to the Garvin County Election Board.

County offices to be filled this year include the sheriff’s office, county clerk, court clerk and District 2 County Commissioner.