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Voter Registration: Oklahoma

VOTER REGISTRATION


Registration Deadline: You may submit your voter registration application at any time. However, the voter registration deadline is 25 days prior to the date of an election. You can find the dates of voter registration deadlines here.


 


Mailed applications that are postmarked 24 or fewer days prior to the date of the election, or hand-delivered applications that are received by election officials or voter registration agencies 24 or fewer days prior to the date of the election, or electronic updates to a voter registration that are submitted 24 or fewer days prior to the date of the election, will be processed after that election.


 


Party Affiliation:Oklahoma has a closed primary system with exceptions. Generally, only voters who are registered members of a recognized political party may vote for the party's candidates in primary and runoff primary elections. However, registered Independent voters may be eligible to vote in party's primaries and runoff primaries if authorized by the party. The Democratic Party has authorized Independent voters to vote in their primary and runoff elections in 2020 and 2021. Registered Republicans may only vote in Republican primaries and runoffs, Registered Libertarians may only vote in Libertarian primaries and runoffs, and Independents may not vote in Republican or Libertarian primaries and runoffs.


Nonpartisan judicial offices, state questions and county questions often are included in primary elections. All registered voters, including Independents, are entitled to receive those ballots. At general elections, all voters receive the same ballot and may vote for any candidate or question on the ballot.


You may not change your political affiliation during the period from April 1 through August 31, inclusive, in any even-numbered year. The last day on which you may change your political affiliation before the closed period is March 31; the first day on which you may change your political affiliation after the closed period is September 1.


 


VOTER REGISTRATION QUALIFICATIONS


Age: Must be at least 18 years old. Persons who are at least 17½ years old may pre-register to vote in Oklahoma if they meet all eligibility requirements. Applicants who pre-register cannot vote until they turn 18 years old and the application has been approved by the applicant's County Election Board. Applicants will be mailed a voter ID card upon approval of their registration. Applications received less than 25 days before an election, in which the applicant has turned 18 and is eligible to vote, will be held and processed immediately following the election.


 


Citizenship: Must be a United States citizen


Residency: Must be a resident of Oklahoma


Mental Competency: Persons judged incapacitated by a court may not register to vote


Felony Convictions: A person convicted of a felony may register to vote when he or she has fully served his or her sentence of court-mandated calendar days, including any term of incarceration, parole or supervision, or completed a period of probation ordered by any court. A convicted felon who has been pardoned may register.


 


OBTAINING A VOTER REGISTRATION FORM


Online: Click here for portal. Then print it, sign it, and mail it to your county election board. You will get a confirmation number that can be used by your county election board to check the status of your registration.


In person: Voter registration applications are available at your County Election Board, post offices, tag agencies, libraries and many other public locations. You will be offered a voter registration application when you get your driver's license and when you apply for assistance at some government agencies. You may also download an application form.


 


You must sign and date the oath printed on the form. When you sign the voter registration application form, you swear that you are eligible to register to vote.


 


SUBMITTING A VOTER REGISTRATION FORM


You may mail your voter registration application to the State Election Board. The card is already addressed, but you must add a first-class postage stamp. If you fill out your voter registration application form at a tag agency when you get your driver's license or when you apply for assistance at a government agency, the agency will mail the form to the State Election Board for you.


 


VERIFYING YOUR VOTER REGISTRATION STATUS


Online: Oklahoma online voter tool


 


ABSENTEE BALLOT QUALIFICATIONS


Who can vote absentee: Any registered voter in Oklahoma may vote by absentee ballot. It is not necessary to give a reason for voting absentee.


 


OBTAINING AN ABSENTEE BALLOT


The deadline to apply for an absentee ballot to be mailed to you is always 5 p.m. on Tuesday preceding the election.


 


Important COVID-19 Absentee Ballot changes: Click here: 1, 2, 3.


Online: Online Absentee Ballot Application, or using the OK Voter Portal. 


In person: Available from county board of elections and from the State Election Board.


By mail: Download and mail your absentee ballot applications to your local County Board of Elections. You are not required to use the form, however. 


 


You may write a letter to your county election board to apply for absentee ballots. The letter must contain the following information.


   -your name


   -your birth date


   -the address at which you are registered to vote


   -the election or elections for which you are requesting ballots


   -the address to which the ballots should be mailed


   -your signature


 


In person: You may deliver your own application personally to the county election board office. (You may not deliver an application for another person, however. It's the law.)


By fax: You may fax your absentee ballot applications to your local County Board of Elections


By email: You may scan your signed application and email it to your County Election Board. 


By telegram: You also may send a telegram to apply.


 


Military and overseas voting: For more information on military and overseas voters, click here.


 


SUBMITTING AN ABSENTEE BALLOT


In person: Voters may cast an absentee ballot in person at the county election board office from 8am to 6pm on Thursday and Friday before all elections. For state and federal elections only, in-person absentee voting also is available from 9am to 2pm on Saturday. In-person absentee voters must fill out and sign an application form when they arrive to vote.


By mail: If your absentee ballot is mailed to you, you must return it to the county election board by mail. An absentee ballot must be received by the county election board before 7:00 p.m. on election day to be counted. In 2020, the USPS recommends mailing your voted absentee ballot at least one (1) week prior to the election date. First class postage is required for U.S. mail. Absentee ballots may also be delivered in-person to your county election board during regular business hours. Voters who requested a "standard" absentee ballot (Yellow Affidavit), which is the most common type of absentee ballot, may hand-deliver their own absentee ballot in-person to the county election board during regular business hours. Hand-delivered ballots must be returned no later than the end of business hours on the day before the election, and the voter must show the same identification required for in-person voting. Generally, it is unlawful to hand-deliver another person's absentee ballot.


Those who requested "physically incapacitated" or "care for physically incapacitated persons" absentee ballots (Pink Affidavit) must return their ballots by U.S. mail or by a private mail service that has delivery documentation.


There are different requirements for special "emergency incapacitated" absentee ballots and for nursing home voters who are visited by an absentee voting board. This information is found below. 


"Standard" Absentee Ballot Video Tutorial


"Physically Incapacitated" Absentee Ballot Video Tutorial


 


VOTING ON ELECTION DAY


On regular and special election days, polling places are open from 7 AM until 7 PM.


 


State law requires all registered voters to prove their identity before voting in person at the precinct polling place on election day or during early voting at the County Election Board. You may show any document issued by the United States, the State of Oklahoma, or a federally recognized tribal government if it includes your name, a photograph of you, and an expiration date that is later than the election in which you are voting. For more information click here.


 


When you mark one of the straight party boxes, the machine will record a vote for the candidate from that party in any race where there is a candidate from that party. If you mark the straight party box but also mark the box next to a candidate from a different party lower on the ballot, the individual vote in that race will overrule the straight party choice in that race only. You will still need to mark non-partisan races such as judicial retention and any ballot questions if you want a vote counted in those races.


 


PROVISIONAL VOTING


If you do not have or if you refuse to show proof of identity, you may vote by provisional ballot and prove your identity by submitting a sworn affidavit with the provisional ballot. Provisional ballots are sealed inside special envelopes and are not put through the voting device. After election day, County Election Board officials will investigate the information provided by the voter on the affidavit and either will approve the provisional ballot for counting or will reject it based on the outcome of that investigation. In order for a provisional ballot to be approved for counting, the information on the affidavit must match the information in the voter's registration record.


See full list for approval criteria here.


ADDITIONAL INFORMATION


Deciding how to vote: https://votesmart.org


Polling Place: Polling place locator


Verifying Absentee Ballot Status: Click here


 


Problems with voting: Oklahoma's HAVA information

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