Oklahoma Election Information

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Upcoming Elections in Your State

2014 Primary Election: June 24, 2014

2014 General Election: November 4, 2014

For more information, visit the Oklahoma State Elections Board website.

Other Important Election Information

On Election Day

Election Day: 7:00 AM to 7:00 PM

If You Want to Vote Early

You may cast an in-person absentee ballot at the County Election Board office from 8 AM to 6 PM on the Thursday and Friday before all elections.  Click here for details.

For state and federal elections only, you may also cast an in-person absentee ballot from 9 AM to 2 PM on the Saturday before Election Day.  Click here for details.

Call 1-866-OUR-VOTE.

You can also use the Online Voter Tool to find your polling place.

REGISTER TO VOTE HERE

Registration Deadlines

2014 Primary Runoff Election: August 1, 2014

2014 General Election: October 10, 2014

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.  If your registration is received by the county election board during the 24 days before an election, you will not receive your voter identification card until after the election.  You will not be eligible to vote until the next election.

If you will turn 18 years old during the 60 days before an election, you may apply for voter registration between 25 and 60 days before an election.

How to Check if You Are Registered

Call 1-866-OUR-VOTE.

You can use the Online Voter Tool to confirm your registration information online or contact your County Election Board.

How to Register

Online

Oklahoma does not offer online voter registration.

In-Person or by Mail

You must fill out a voter registration form, which are available at your County Election Board, post offices, tag agencies, libraries, and 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 and application form here.

You must mail your voter registration application to the State Election Board.  If you complete your voter registration form in person at your County Election Board office or at a state agency office, your form will be delivered to the State Election Board for you.

Registration Eligibility

You can register to vote in Oklahoma if you:

  • Are a U.S. citizen;
  • Are a resident of Oklahoma;
  • Are at least 18 years old;
  • Are not a convicted felon (or have had your rights restored); and
  • Have not been judge incapacitated by a court.

Identification Required for Registration

You must include your driver's license number or the last four digits of your social security number on your registration application.

If You Want to Vote Early

You may cast an in-person absentee ballot at your County Election Board office from 8AM to 6PM on the Thursday and Friday before all elections.  Click here for details.

For state and federal elections only, you may also cast an in-person absentee ballot at your County Election Board office from 9AM to 2PM on the Saturday before Election Day.  Click here for details.

If You Want to Vote Absentee

Anyone can request an absentee ballot. You are not required to give a reason for voting absentee.

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.  There are two different application forms, described in greater detail here.  You need only complete the form that applies to your personal circumstances.  You can also download the appropriate form here.

You can also write a letter to your County Election Board that includes your name, your date of birth, the address at which you are registered, the election for which you are requesting a ballot, the address to which your ballot should be mailed, and your signature.

You can return your absentee ballot application to your County Election Board by mail, fax, or hand-delivery.  You may not have another person deliver your application.

You must apply for an absentee ballot to be mailed to you by 5pm on the Wednesday before the election.  The deadlines to request absentee ballots for the 2014 elections are:

  • 2014 Primary Runoff Election: Wednesday, August 20, 2014, and
  • 2014 General Election: Wednesday, October 29, 2014.

Procedures for Voting by Absentee Ballot

Voters who meet the absentee ballot requirements may vote absentee by mail or in person.

In Person

You may cast an absentee ballot in person at your County Election Board from 8am to 6pm on the Thursday and Friday before every election.  For state and federal elections only, you may also vote an in-person absentee ballot from 9am to 2pm on the Saturday before the election.  You must fill out and sign an application form when you arrive at the office to vote.  

By Mail

You can request an absentee ballot be mailed to you by submitting the appropriate application form to your County Election Board.  If your absentee ballot is mailed to you, you must return it to the County Election Board by mail.  Your ballot must be received by 7pm on election day to be counted.

If you requested an absentee ballot but have not yet received your ballot, check the status of your absentee ballot using the Online Voter Tool.  If you still have questions, contact your County Election Board.

Your ballot must be returned to your County Election Board by 7pm on the day of the election.  Be sure to carefully follow the instructions on your absentee ballot. If your ballot is mailed to you, you must return it by mail. 

You must sign the oath on the envelope used to return the absentee ballot.  If you cannot sign the oath on your absentee ballot envelope because of a physical disability or illiteracy, you must make your mark and have the mark witnessed by someone you designate.

Voting in Person after Requesting an Absentee Ballot

If you requested an absentee ballot, you can only vote at your polling place on Election Day if you provide the poll workers at your precinct a certificate from the County Board of Voter Registration that your absentee ballot has been returned to the board unmarked. 

Emergency Absentee Voting                                                                                        

If you become ill or incapacitated after 5 pm on the Tuesday before an election, you can get an absentee ballot through special emergency procedures.

You must make a written request to your County Election Board and enclose a statement from your doctor saying that you are incapacitated and will not be able to vote in person on Election Day.  Your County Election Board may provide a form to be used for both your request and your doctor’s statement.

You must designate a person to deliver your request and your doctor’s statement to the County Election Board.  This person will become your agent.

Your agent will pick up a ballot and deliver it to you.  After you mark the ballot, your agent must deliver the ballot back to the County Election Board before 7pm on Election Day.

Identification Requirements to Register to Vote

You must include your driver's license number or the last four digits of your social security number on your registration application.

Identification Requirements to Cast a Ballot

You must bring a valid ID with you to your precinct polling place or during early voting at the County Election Board.  Your ID must be a document issued by the United States, the State of Oklahoma, or a federally recognized tribal government.  It must include the following information:

  • your name;
  • your photograph; and
  • an expiration date that is after the date of the election, unless the identification is valid indefinitely. Your name on your ID must match your name in the Precinct Registry.

The following documents meet these requirements:

  • Oklahoma driver license;
  • Oklahoma Identification Card;
  • United States passport; and
  • United States military identification.

You may also use the free voter identification card that you received by mail from the County Election Board when you registered to vote.  This ID will be accepted even though it does not include a photograph.  In addition, Oklahoma Identification Cards issued to persons 65 years old or older and have no expiration date are acceptable proofs of identity.

If you do not show a proof of identity, you may vote only by provisional ballot.  If you cast a provisional ballot, you must fill out and sign an affidavit that explains why your provisional ballot should be counted.  After election day, County Election Board officials will investigate the information provided by the voter on the affidavit and determine whether your ballot should be counted. 

Moving Within Your County

If you are moving within your county you may transfer your registration by contacting your County Election Board.  If you do not transfer your registration prior to the early voting period or election day you will be permitted to appear in person at your new precinct polling location to execute an application and show a proof of identity showing your new address.  You will then be permitted to vote a ballot in your new precinct.

Moving to a Different County

If you are moving to a different county you must apply for registration as a new voter in your new county.  You may either visit your County Election Board or mail in a new registration application.  You must file your new registration by the registration deadline to be eligible to vote in an upcoming election.

If you moved within 30 days before the election, you can vote for President and Vice President at your old address.  Contact the County Election Board at your old address if you need an absentee ballot for this.

If you are in the military or live or work overseas, you may receive your ballots through the new Oklahoma Military and Overseas Ballots Online System.  In order to receive your ballot through this system, fill out the Federal Post Card Application and submit it to your County Election Board.

The Oklahoma Military and Overseas Ballots Online System provides secure online ballot delivery to uniformed services voters, overseas voters, and their eligible spouses and dependents.  If you request an absentee ballot through the system, you will be notified by e-mail when a ballot for an election in which you are eligible to vote becomes available.  The e-mail will contain a link to log into the system and access your ballot.  You may mark your ballot online and then print it along with the materials needed to return it to your County Election Board.  You must return you voted ballot by regular mail or fax.  For more information, visit the Oklahoma State Election Board website.

Military and overseas citizens can use the Federal Post Card Application (FPCA), also known as Standard Form 76, to register to vote and to request an absentee ballot.  Visit the Federal Voting Assistance Program's (FVAP) Oklahoma-specific FPCA page.

Military and overseas citizens can send and receive voting materials by fax and email.  If you wish to use the fax or email options, you must indicate this on your FPCA.  Instructions for doing so are found on the FVAP's Oklahoma-specific FPCA page.

Military and overseas citizens can use the Federal Write-In Absentee Ballot (FWAB) if they are concerned with receiving their printed ballot and returning it by the 7:00 p.m., Election Day deadline.  The FWAB is a blank ballot on which voters write-in their choices.  The FWAB may also be used  to register to vote and to apply for the absentee ballot, all in one step.  If the FWAB is being used to register to vote, it must be received by the voter registration deadline.  For specific instructions, visit the Federal Voting Assistance Program's Oklahoma-specific FWAB page.

If you have been convicted of a felony you cannot register to vote again until a period of time equal to the original judgment and sentence has expired.

For more information, go to the Oklahoma State Elections Board website, or click here to read the Oklahoma State Election Code.

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For more information for voters with mental disabilities, visit The Bazelon Center for Mental Health Law and National Disability Rights Network’s document: Voting Rights Guide for People with Mental Disabilities."

For more information for student voters, visit the Oklahoma Student Voting Guide from the Brennan Center for Justice.

Information provided by Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights


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