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Published: April 27, 2013

Absentee ballot change becomes law

A bill signed by Gov. Mary Fallin will help voters who are not physically able to travel to the county election board send a person in their place to make an application for an absentee ballot. Senate Bill 276, by Sen. Randy Bass, D-Lawton, and Rep. Joe Dorman, D-Rush Springs, requires that the person sent to make application be at least 16 years old and that person can only apply for one voter. It took immediate effect upon being signed into law. “This bill limits a single individual to one absentee ballot application on behalf of another person to make sure it is not a vehicle for voter fraud,” Bass said.