Oklahoma Voter Registration Information

State

VOTER REGISTRATION

Registration Deadline: You may submit your voter registration application form at any time. However, voter identification cards cannot be issued during the 24 days prior to an election. A valid application must therefore be postmarked or delivered to either a motor license agency or designated voter registration agency more than 24 days prior to an election in order for you to participate in the election.

Party Affiliation: Oklahoma has a closed primary
system. Only voters who are registered members of a recognized political party may vote for the party's candidates in primary and runoff primary elections. Registered Independent voters may be eligible to vote in party's primaries and runoff primaries if authorized by the party. However, 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.


VOTER REGISTRATION QUALIFICATIONS

Age: Must be at least 18 years old

Citizenship: Must be a United States citizen

Residency: Must be a resident of Oklahoma

Mental Competency: Must not have been adjudged to be an incapacitated person prohibited from voting

Felony Convictions: Have not been convicted of a felony, for which a period of time equal to the original sentence has not expired, or for which you have not been pardoned

ID Requirements: To register you must provide one of the following:
   -Oklahoma driver's license number;
   -Social Security number;
   -Check the box noting you do not have either of these numbers and your County Election Board will tell you how to proceed after they receive the registration application form.


OBTAINING A VOTER REGISTRATION FORM

Online: Oklahoma Voter Registration Application Form

In person: Voter registration applications are available at:
   -your county election board;
   -post offices;
   -tag agencies;
   -when you get your driver's license;
   -when you apply for assistance at some government agencies;
   -libraries; and
   -Many other public locations.

By mail/ in writing: 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.

By fax: Contact your County Election Board by phone before sending any faxes.


VERIFYING YOUR VOTER REGISTRATION STATUS

Phone: Contact your county board of elections.


ABSENTEE BALLOT QUALIFICATIONS

Who can vote absentee: Any registered voter can vote absentee, however, if you are a voter who is physically incapacitated, caring for another who is physically incapacitated or in a nursing home you may submit your ballot in alternate ways and receive assistance you may submit your ballot through mail, fax, or telegraph.


OBTAINING AN ABSENTEE BALLOT

Online: Oklahoma online absentee ballot applications

In person: Voters may cast an absentee ballot in person at the county election board office from 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. on Friday and Monday before all elections. For state and federal elections only, in-person absentee voting also is available from 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. on Saturday. In-person absentee voters must fill out and sign an application form when they arrive to vote.

By mail: Mail your absentee ballot application 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

Military and overseas voting: Oklahomans who are in the military or who are living overseas and their spouses and dependents may vote by absentee ballot even if they are not registered to vote(they must be eligible to be registered however). Military and overseas voters may submit their applications only by mail, fax, or e-mail. Military voters should contact the Voting Assistance Officers in their units for application forms and information. Overseas voters may obtain the same materials at United States military installations, embassies and consulates, or online from the Federal Voting Assistance Program.

Emergency Voting: Voters who become incapacitated after 5:00 p.m., on the Tuesday preceding an election may receive an absentee ballot through special emergency procedures. These voters must make a written request to the county election board. The request must be accompanied by a statement from a doctor that the voter is incapacitated and will be unable to vote in person on election day. The voter's request and the doctor's statement must be taken to the county election board office by a person the voter chooses. The person becomes the voter's "agent". The county election board can provide a form to be used for both the voter's request and the doctor's statement. The agent will receive the voter's ballot and deliver it the voter. After the voter marks the ballot, the agent must return it to the county election board office before 7:00 p.m., election day.

Other absentee ballot information: You may also send a telegram to apply for an absentee ballot.


SUBMITTING AN ABSENTEE BALLOT

Location and time: 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. Voters may cast an absentee ballot in person at the county election board office from 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., on Friday and Monday before all elections. For state and federal elections only, in-person absentee voting also is available from 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. on Saturday. In-person absentee voters must fill out and sign an application form when they arrive to vote.

Other absentee ballot submission information: Physically incapacitated voters and voters who care for physically incapacitated persons who cannot be left alone and Voters in nursing homes in the same county where they are registered voters may vote by absentee by submitting their application only by mail, fax, and telegraph.


EARLY VOTING

Early voting qualifications: Any voter can vote early at the County Election Board office in the county where you are registered to vote from 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. on Friday and Monday before all elections. For state and federal elections only, you also can vote early from 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. on Saturday before the election.

Other information for early voting: Oklahoma's website for early voters.


QUALIFICATIONS

Verifying Registration: Contact your County Election Board to verify your voter registration.

Deciding how to vote: http://www.votesmart.org/

Time off to vote: Employees who begin their work day less than 3 hours after polls open and finish less than 3 hours before polls close are entitled to 2 hours leave to vote (or more if distance requires). The employee must give notice the day before Election Day and cannot have pay reduced if proof of voting is provided. The employer can set the time for leave to vote(Olka. Stat. Ann. 26-7-101 ).

Polling Place: Polling place locator

ID Requirements: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 example, the following documents meet these requirements:
   -Oklahoma driver license
   -Oklahoma Identification Card
   -United States passport
   -United States military identification
 The law provides two exceptions to these requirements:
   -An Oklahoma Identification Card issued to a person who is 65 years old or older is valid as proof of identity for voting even though it does not have an expiration date.
   -The Voter Identification Card issued by the County Election Board is valid as proof of identity even though it does not include a photograph or an expiration date. 
  The law also requires that your name on your proof of identity must match your name in the precinct registry. 

How to Vote:View Oklahoma's FAQ about voting and voter registration.

Problems with voting: Oklahoma HAVA information

Verifying provisional ballot status: Contact your County Elections Board. Voters who cast provisional ballots are required to fill out and sign an affidavit that explains why their provisional ballot should be counted. 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.

Verifying absentee ballot status: Contact your County Elections Board