Polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Tuesday, March 5, for the Bennington I-40 and Durant I-72 Special Election, and Linda Fahrendorf, Secretary of the Bryan County Election Board, offered voters some tips on how to make their votes count.
In Durant, voters will be voting to renew a $5,380,000 bond for constructing, remodeling and equipping school facilities, and also another $480,000 bond to purchase transportation equipment.
Bennington School district will also be holding a school bond election on March 5. The bond will be in the amount of $800,000. The bond will go toward repairing and remodeling Bennington schools as well as acquiring new furniture, fixtures and equipment.
Fahrendorf said that a valid marking—a filled-in arrow—is shown on posters at the polling place and inside the voting booths. If voters make mistakes marking their ballots, Fahrendorf said they should not try to correct those errors. Instead, voters should return the spoiled ballots to the Precinct Officials, who will destroy them and issue a new ballot to the voter.
Fahrendorf also urged voters to take their voter identification cards with them 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,” she said.
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.
Fahrendorf said that 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 p.m. on Tuesday will be entitled to vote,” she said.
Voters who want to cast ballots early may do so from 8 a.m. until 6 p.m. Monday at the Bryan County Election Board,
217 N. 16th Ave.
Following is a list of the precinct polling places open in the Durant I-72 and Bennington I-40 Special Election.
Precinct 3—Durant I-72 Superintendent Office 1323 Waco St., Durant
Pct. 4—First Church of the Nazarene 724 West Texas St., Durant
Pct. 5—Our Savior’s Lutheran Church 1524 West Main St., Durant
Pct. 8—Bryan County Health Dept., 1524 Chuckwa Drive, Durant
Pct. 11 —Wade/Albany Senior Center 107 North Wade, Albany
Pct. 13 —Bennington Town Hall 202 East Woodcraft Rd., Bennington
Pct. 14—Blue Baptist Church 70 Berry St., Blue
Pct. 15—Fellowship Hall First Baptist Church 202 North Edens St., Bokchito
Pct. 18—Calera Methodist fellowship bldg. 111 South Mckinley, Calera
Pct. 19—Kiamichi Tech Center Vernon Anderson Center, 810 Walden Road South, Calera
Pct. 21—Cobb Community Bldg 3825 Bryan Road, Cobb
Pct. 26— Victory Tabernacle Ed. Bldg., 702 East Hwy 70, Durant
Pct. 27—Seventh Day Adventist Church—-225 SunnyMeadows Dr., Durant
Pct. 33—Faith Lutheran Church 3802 N. Washington St., Durant