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Voter Registration in Oklahoma

Eligibility

To be eligible to vote in Oklahoma you must be:

  • At least 18 years old
  • A U.S. citizen
  • A resident of Oklahoma
  • Not convicted of a felony, or if you have been convicted, a period of time equal to the original judgment and sentence has expired*
  • Not adjudged to be an incapacitated person prohibited from voting

You pay preregister to vote if you are at least 17 and a half years old, however, you cannot vote in an election until after your 18th birthday.

*If you were convicted of a felony, you may register to vote when you have fully served your sentence, or if you have been pardoned.

Source: Vote411

Deadline

  • July 31, 2020 was the registration deadline for the 2020 primary election
  • October 9, 2020 is the deadline for registration for the general election.
  • Guidelines
  • Election Calendar

Online registration

To use the online voter registration system you must have a current and valid Oklahoma driver's license or identification card issued by the Department of Public Safety.

Mail-in registration

Printable form (in English)

Updating registration      

To update registration after a move, name change, or change of political party affiliation, you must fill out another voter registration application form, or you can update your voter registration information online.

Cancelling registration

Complete a Request to Cancel Voter Registration form and send it to the County Election Board in the county where he or she is registered to vote.

  • The request must be notarized or witnessed by two person.

Source: Oklahoma State Election Board

ID Requirements for Oklahoma

ID Requirements for Registration

Online Registration

For online voter registration, a Oklahoma drivers license or state ID is required. You will also need the last 4 digits of your SSN.

Mail-in Registration

An ID is not required for mail-in registration, but you must provide one of the documents listed on the form to verify identity:

  • Driver’s license number, OR
  • Last four digits of Social Security number

You must provide residence address, mailing address, and county of residence.

If you cannot meet any of the above requirements, you may sign an affidavit and cast a provisional ballot subject to verification of your eligibility to vote.

ID Requirements for Voting

All Voters

Voters must present proof of identity which include:

  • Voter Identification card issued to you by your County Election Board
  • Oklahoma driver's license
  • Oklahoma ID Card
  • US passport
  • tribal ID OR
  • US military ID

Where to get an ID

Oklahoma Department of Public Safety

Obtaining a Driver’s License

Casting a Ballot in Oklahoma

Important Dates

  • Primary Election: June 30, 2020
  • General Election: November 3, 2020
    • Early voting for General Election:
      • Thursday, October 29, 8 AM - 6 PM
      • Friday, October 30, 8 AM - 6 PM
      • Saturday, October 31, 9 AM - 2 PM

Absentee voting

Opening/closing dates

  • The deadline to apply for an absentee ballot to be mailed to you is always 5 p.m. on Tuesday preceding the election.
    • Tuesday, October 27, 2020 at 5 p.m. is the deadline for the 2020 Election.
  • An absentee ballot must be received by the county election board by 7 p.m. on Election Day to be counted.

Military voters and voters who reside outside the U.S.

  • To receive absentee ballots through the Military and Overseas Balloting system, fill out an FPCA form and submit it to the County Election Board in the county of your Oklahoma voting residence. 
  • The FPCA form and instructions to fill it out can be found on the Federal Voting Assistance Program (FVAP) site.

Who is eligible to use an absentee ballot?

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

Application for Absentee Ballot (English)

Source: Oklahoma State Election Board

Polling places and hours

TBD

 

Rides to the polls

Many organizations offer free rides to polling places.

TBD

Help for voters with disabilities

  • Absentee voting is also a choice for voters with visual or physical disabilities.
  • Voters may choose to vote with assistance from another person. Assistance is available from trained personnel at voting locations for:
    • voters who have physical disabilities and are unable to mark their own ballots
    • voters who have visual impairment
    • voters who have physical disabilities or infirmities and are unable to enter the polling place
    • voters who cannot read

For more information, please visit the Oklahoma State Election Board.

Ballots

Info on candidates

On the ballot

Source: ballotpedia

Elections

Primaries vs. general elections

  • Primary elections are conducted to select each party’s candidates in the general election.
  • In Oklahoma, voters who are registered members of a recognized political party may vote for the party's candidates in primary and runoff primary elections.
    • However, there are exceptions.
      • In 2020 and 2021, Independent registered voters, may vote in the Democratic primary and runoff primary elections.

Source: Oklahoma State Election Board

Jurisdiction

Offices/Measures That May Appear on the Ballot

Federal (even years)

President/Vice-President (elected every four years; next election in 2020)

Senator (elected every six years for staggered terms; next election in 2020)

Representative (elected every two years)

State (even years)

Governor/Lieutenant Governor, Secretary of State, State Treasurer, State Comptroller, Attorney General, Judges of Probate (elected every four years)

State Senator (elected every two years)

State Representative (elected every two years)

Statewide ballot measures

Municipal (odd years)

School Board and other boards and commissions

Mayor or First Selectman

Town Clerk

Registrar of Voters

Tax Collector

Treasurer

Aldermen or Selectmen

Constable

Local ballot measures

Who are the candidates, and what else is on the ballot?

Important Dates

Election Day is November 3, 2020

Who conducts elections?

  • The Oklahoma State Election Board is the administrative agency for the conduct of state elections and the oversight of the state's 77 county election boards.
  • The County Elections Board maintains voter rolls for the state.

Voter Bill of Rights

Oklahoma does not have a Voter Bill of Rights.

Where to go with complaints about candidates or how elections are conducted

To report election fraud or voting rights abuse call:

• State Election Board: (405) 521-2391

Campaign finance

The Oklahoma Ethics Commission runs The Guardian System, a database that is used for "both a filing and disclosure system that contains financial detail and related information that lobbyists, candidate committees, political party committees, political action committees, special committees, and certain state officers and employees are required by law to disclose."

How to contact your elected officials:

Oklahoma Elected Officials Contact list.

General Resources on Voting and Elections

General Resources on Voting and Elections


Election Protection Hotlines


1-866-OUR-VOTE (866-687-8683)

1-888-VE-Y-VOTA (888-839-8682) (en Español)

1-888-API-VOTE (888-274-8683) (Asian multilingual assistance)

1-844-YALLA-US (844-925-5287) (Arabic)


Voter Registration & Election Day Resources

Find useful voter information including:

  • Local Election Office and Contact Information
  • Address, Telephone and Email for Local Election Offices
  • Upcoming Federal Election Dates and Deadlines
  • Upcoming State Election Dates and Deadlines
  • Eligibility Requirements
  • Identification Requirements
  • Voter Materials Transmission Options
  • State Lookup Tools – Am I Registered? Where’s my Ballot?

Population-Specific information and Resources

Voting Rights: Laws, Cases, Policy

Voter Engagement

Voter Education

Campaign Finance/Funding Information

Primary Sources, Lesson Plans & Exhibits

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