There are no upcoming debates for this state.
To be eligible to vote in Oklahoma you must be:
When you register to vote you will need to provide your identification with your application. You can enter your Oklahoma driver's license number or the last four digits of your Social Security number on the form.
You must sign and date the oath printed on the form. When you sign the voter registration application you swear you are eligible to vote.
When voting in person you will need proof of identification:
Proof of identity documents for voting must have been issued by the United States government, the State of Oklahoma, or a federally recognized tribal government.
The document used for proof of identity for voting must contain the following information:
If you do not have proof of identity, you may only vote by provisional ballot. When you cast a provisional ballot you will be required to fill out and sign an affidavit swearing or affirming you are the person identified on the precinct voter registry. Your provisional ballots will be sealed inside a special envelope and not put through the voting device.
After election day, County Election Board officials will review the information you provided on the affidavit and if it matches your voter registration information they will count your ballot. If the information you provided does not match your voter registration information your vote will be rejected.
The registration deadline for the Tuesday, November 8, 2016 General Election is Friday, October 14, 2016.
Not registered? Use our registration tool to fill out your application!
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.
Any registered voter in Oklahoma may vote by absentee ballot. It is not necessary to give a reason for voting absentee. The deadline to apply for an absentee ballot to be mailed to you is always 5:00 pm on Wednesday preceding the election. You can apply for an absentee ballot online here. However, you are not required to use the form. You may write a letter to your county election board to apply for absentee ballots. The letter must contain the following information:
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, fax it, send it via telegram or deliver it personally to the county election board office. However, you may not deliver an application for another person. 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 pm on Election Day to be counted.
If you become incapacitated after 5:00 pm on the Tuesday preceding an election, you may receive an absentee ballot through special emergency procedures. You must make a written request to the county election board. The request must be accompanied by a statement from a doctor stating you are incapacitated and will be unable to vote in person on Election Day. Your request and the doctor's statement must be taken to the county election board office by the person you choose. This person becomes your agent. The county election board can provide a form to be used for both your request and the doctor's statement. The agent will receive your ballot and will deliver it to you. After you mark the ballot, the agent must return it to the county election board office before 7:00 pm on Election Day.
Overseas citizens and U.S. military personnel can find information on how to register to vote and request an absentee ballot at the Overseas Vote Foundation.
You are a Military or Overseas voter if you are in uniformed services, living overseas OR a spouse or dependant of a uniformed services voter. To get registered and vote, you can utilize Overseas Vote Foundation.
If you have additional questions about elections and voting overseas you can use our state specific elections official directory or contact the Overseas Vote Foundation.
Uniformed services and overseas voters who want to receive absentee ballots for the Oklahoma General Election must submit a Federal Post Card Application (FPCA) form to the County Election Board in the county of their voting residence. The Federal Post Card Application form and instructions for submitting it in Oklahoma may be found here: http://www.fvap.gov/oklahoma
Early voting for the November 8, 2016 General Elections:
Thursday, November 3, 8 AM - 6 PM
Friday, November 4, 8 AM - 6 PM
Saturday, November 5, 9 AM - 2 PM
For more information on times and locations contact your county clerk. In person absentee voting will be available at your County Election Board on Thursday (8am to 6pm), Friday (8am to 6pm) before each election. If it is a Federal or State election, in person absentee voting will also be available on the Saturday (9am to 2pm) before the election.
The next election is Tuesday, November 8, 2016 (General Election)
The registration deadline is Friday, October 14, 2016.
Contact your local Board of Elections for more information.
In order to be a poll worker in Oklahoma:
To sign up, contact your local board of elections.
Polls will be open from 7am - 7pm.
Employees who begin their work less than 3 hours after the polls open and finish less than 3 hours before the polls close are entitled to 2 hours leave to vote. You must give notice the day before the election and must provide proof of voting to not have your pay reduced. The employer can set the time the employee can leave to vote.
If you do not show proof of identity, you may vote only by provisional ballot. You must fill out and sign an affidavit that explains why the provisional ballot should be counted. After election day, County Election Board officials will investigate the information provided and will either approve the provisional ballot or will reject it. In order for the provisional ballot to be approved, the information on the affidavit must match the information in your voter registration record.
The voting system used in Oklahoma is optical scan.
Optical Scan: With this system, you will receive a card or sheet of paper, which you take over to a private table or booth. The card has the names of the various candidates and ballot measures printed on it. With a pen or pencil you fill in a little box or circle or the space between two arrows. When you are finished filling out all the cards, you may bring the cards over to a ballot box, where poll workers will show you how to put the cards in the box. Or in some places, you may feed the completed cards or papers into a computer device that checks your card or paper right there at the polling place to make sure you have voted the way you want to and counts the votes.
You can learn more about voting systems by checking out the Elections Assistance Commissions (EAC) resource.
If you have a disability you may ask for assistance from poll workers at your polling place. If you cannot enter the polling place because of physical disabilities, need help marking your ballot because of physical disabilities, have visual disabilities, or cannot read, you may be assisted by a person of your own choosing. In all these cases, the person who provides assistance to you must swear or affirm that your ballots will be marked in accordance with your wishes. If you are unable to vote inside the polling place, two precint officials will help you to vote outside the polling place.
You may also choose to vote independently by telephone. Telephone voting is available upon request at your polling place on Election Day. Please contact your county election boards to verify this device is located at your polling place. It should also be available at the county election board office during early voting. An election official dials into the telephone voting system and selects the correct ballot from a menu of options. You will then listen to the ballot over the telephone and make selections using the telephone keypad. You may review and, if necessary, change any selection and may hear all choices read back before finally casting the ballot.
For more information, you can utilize the American Association of People With Disabilities (AAPD) resource.
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