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Oklahoma Voting Quick Facts

Who Can Register to vote in Oklahoma

To register to vote in the State of Oklahoma, an individual must meet the following qualifications:

  • You are a United States citizen;
  • Must be a resident of the state of Oklahoma.
  • Must be at least 18 years old or will be 18 by the date of the next general election.

Persons Judged Incapacitated

  • Persons judged incapacitated by a court may not register to vote.

Learn more about Who Can Register To Vote In Oklahoma?

How Do I Register To Vote in Oklahoma

Voting At The Polls On Election Day

WHAT IS AN ACCEPTABLE FORM OF IDENTIFICATION FOR VOTING

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 also requires that your name on your proof of identity must match your name in the Precinct Registry

There are two alternatives to showing a photo identification described above:

  • 1. You may show the free Voter Identification Card issued by the County Election Board as proof of identity even though it does not include a photograph.
  • 2. You may vote by provisional ballot and prove your identity by signing a sworn affidavit.

May I use my tribal membership card as proof of identity?

  • You may use a tribal membership card if it includes your name and a photograph of you, provided it is not expired.

What if I do not have proof of identity with me when I go to vote?

  • If you do not show proof of identity, you may vote only by provisional ballot. 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. 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.

What happens if I refuse to show proof of identity?

  • 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.

If I vote by mail absentee ballot, do I have to enclose a copy of my proof of identity with my ballot?

  • No. Most voters who vote by absentee ballot either have their signatures on their affidavits notarized or have them witnessed by two people. The law considers the notarization or witnessing sufficient to establish the identity of an absentee voter.

Learn more about Voting at the Polls on Election Day

Who Can Vote in Primary Elections in Oklahoma

Both Democrats and Republicans hold Semi-closed Primaries

Oklahoma is a closed primary state. Registered voters of a political party may only vote to select their party's nominees.

I am registered as Independent (No Party). Can I vote in party primary elections?

Only if the party gives permission for all Independents to vote in their primaries. In November of each odd-numbered year, recognized political parties declare whether or not they will permit Independents to vote in their primary elections during the following two calendar years. For 2016 and 2017, the Democratic Party granted permission for Independents to vote in its primaries and runoff primaries. Independents cannot vote in Republican primaries.

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Who Can Vote Absentee in Oklahoma

Any registered voter in Oklahoma may vote by absentee ballot. It is not necessary to give a reason for voting absentee. DOWNLOAD AN ABSENTEE BALLOT FORM

Title 26 of the Oklahoma Statutes provides that any person who knowingly executes a false application for an absentee ballot shall be deemed guilty of a felony. Any person deemed guilty of a felony under provisions of Title 26 shall, upon conviction, be confined in the State Penitentiary for not more than five (5) years, or fined not more than Fifty Thousand Dollars, or both.

How to Apply

  • Applications for absentee ballots must be made in writing. Absentee ballot application forms are available from all county election boards and from the State Election Board. Or, download a form here.

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 address to which the ballots should be mailed
  • your signature

You may apply for absentee ballots for one election, for several elections or for all elections in which you are eligible to vote during the calendar year in which the application is submitted.

You may mail your absentee ballot application to the county election board, you may fax it or you may deliver your own application personally to the county election board office. You may scan your signed application and e-mail it to your county election board. You also may send a telegram to apply.

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

Returning Your Ballot

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 p.m. on election day to be counted.

In-person Absentee Voting

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

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What If My Address Has Changed

Changing Your Registration

  • If you need to change your name, your address or your political affiliation, you must fill out another voter registration application form. You may change your registration at any time with one exception. 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.

College Students

  • At School. Students can establish residency in Oklahoma if they have an intention to remain at their Oklahoma school address for the time being, and they intend to make it their principal home.[9] Any other interpretation of the residency laws is unconstitutional.
  • You may register in the community where you attend college and vote in city, state, and federal elections if your permanent residence is your school residence.[10] If you move to school intending to make a home there you may establish residency in Oklahoma.[11] You have the right to cast a ballot as a resident of Oklahoma regardless of your status as a student or whether you pay in-state or out-of-state tuition.
  • At Home. Students who lived in Oklahoma before moving elsewhere to attend school, and who wish to establish or keep their Oklahoma voting residency (i.e., at their parents’ Oklahoma address), should be able to do so. Oklahoma courts look to a person’s intent in assessing residency—“present abode, in and of itself, is not conclusive.”[12]

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When Is The Next Election?

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Poll Hours: 7:00 AM-7:00 PM

Title 26-7-104. Hours for voting - Conformity with federal law. A. At every Primary, Runoff Primary and General Election, each polling place in the state shall open at 7:00 a.m. and shall remain open continuously until 7:00 p.m., and every registered voter of a precinct who presents himself between said hours shall be entitled to vote, as provided by law, provided further, all qualified voters who are in line waiting to vote at 7:00 p.m. shall be allowed to vote.

How can I find my polling location?

If you do not know where your polling place is,you can use www.ok.gov online tool to confirm your registration, find your polling place, track your absentee ballot, or view a sample ballot. If you have any issues or questions, please contact your County Clerk

Can I Register At The Polls On Election Day?

NO: Oklahoma does not provide Same Day Voter Registration. You must register to vote by the voter registration deadline in order to vote in an election. If you miss the voter registration deadline for an election you should contact your local election office.

Can I Take Time Off For Voting? Yes

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.

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