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Early voting days set for June 3-4 in 2016 ON election

The Osage Nation Election Office will hold two days of early voting on Friday June 3 and Saturday June 4 at the Election Office at 608 Kihekah in Pawhuska.

The early voting hours are:

  • June 3: noon to 8 p.m.
  • June 4: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The Election Office will collect and store all voted ballots from the two early voting days in the office vault until the June 6 general election day, said Election Supervisor Alexis Rencountre.

On Election Day morning, the Election Office (with an ON police escort) will transport those ballots, along with the absentee ballots for counting at the Wah-Zha-Zhi Cultural Center, according to the Nation’s election code.

June 6 voting hours are from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. at the Cultural Center, 1449 W. Main in Pawhuska. After the ballots are counted, the Election Office and Board officials will announce the results at the Congressional Chambers building on the ON government campus.

During the three election day opportunities at the designated polls, there will be no electioneering allowed, which are activities intended to persuade voters’ decisions while they are voting at the polls.

According to the election code, the following prohibited activities are defined as electioneering:

  • The posting or displaying of campaign signs.
  • The display of symbols, numbers or letters intended to remind voters of a specific candidate.
  • The distribution of cards, literature or other items considered campaign-related.
  • Making speeches, sounds or playing recordings considered campaign-related.
  • The continued occupation of any space on or within 10 feet of a paved approach to the polling place for the purpose of greeting voters. 

Signs will be displayed at the polls to indicate boundaries where electioneering is prohibited and ON police is authorized to patrol and enforce the election law.

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