Voting in Oklahoma

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Oklahoma permits early voting and no-excuse absentee voting. The state does not have a system for online voter registration. Oklahoma voters are required to provide photo identification at the polls in order to vote.

For full information about voting in Oklahoma, contact the state election agency.

Registration

To vote in Oklahoma, you must be at least 18 years old, a United States citizen and a resident of the State of Oklahoma.[1]

When and where

The deadline for registration is 25 days prior to the election.

Voter registration applications are available at your County Election Board, post offices, tag agencies, libraries and many 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 also may download an application form.[2]

—Oklahoma State Election Board[1]

Once you have been successfully registered, the county election board will mail a voter identification card to you.

Online registration

See also: Online voter registration in the 50 states

As of May 2015, Oklahoma is one of 30 states that have not implemented full online voter registration.

Voting on Election Day

Voter identification

See also: Voter identification laws by state

Oklahoma State Question 746, approved in 2010, requires every voter to show proof of identity before receiving a ballot. Valid forms of identification are required to contain the name of the voter, a photograph and an expiration date that is after the date of the election.[3]

Poll times

See also: State Poll Opening and Closing Times

In Oklahoma, all polls are open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Central Time.[4]

Primary voting

Oklahoma is one of 21 states with a mixed primary system. Parties decide who may vote, so an unaffiliated voter must be authorized by a party in order to vote in the primary.[5]

Absentee voting

See also: Absentee voting

Eligibility

All voters are eligible to vote absentee in Oklahoma. There are no special eligibility requirements for voting absentee.[6]

Deadlines

Applications for absentee ballots must be received by the county election board by 5 p.m. on the Wednesday preceding the election.[6] A returned absentee ballot must then be received by the elections office before 7 p.m. on Election Day.[6]

Military and overseas voting

For full details regarding military and overseas voting, visit the Federal Voting Assistance Program.

Early voting

See also: Early voting

Oklahoma is one of 34 states that have early voting with no specific requirements as to who can vote early. Early voting is held on the Thursday and Friday (and Saturday for state and federal elections only) immediately preceding Election Day.[7] The average number of days prior to an election that voters can cast an early ballot is 21 days in states with a definitive starting date.

Election policy ballot measures

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Ballotpedia has tracked the following ballot measures relating to election and campaign policy in Oklahoma.

  1. Oklahoma Direct Election of U.S. Senators, State Question 41 (August 1912)
  2. Oklahoma Election Machines, State Question 464 (1970)
  3. Oklahoma Election Regulations, State Question 531 (1978)
  4. Oklahoma Fair Elections, State Question 78 (1916)
  5. Oklahoma Labor Commissioner Elections, State Question 613 (1988)
  6. Oklahoma Majority Needed to Approve Bond Issues, State Question 616 (August 1988)
  7. Oklahoma Primary Elections, State Question 388 (July 1960)
  8. Oklahoma Qualifications for Electors, State Question 82 (August 1916)
  9. Oklahoma Qualifications of Electors, State Question 503 (August 1974)
  10. Oklahoma Qualified Electors, State Question 412 (May 1964)
  11. Oklahoma Registration of Electors, State Question 80 (1916)
  12. Oklahoma Repeal Poll Tax, State Question 590 (1986)
  13. Oklahoma Residential Requirements for Electors, State Question 432 (May 1966)
  14. Oklahoma Run-off Primary Elections, State Question 312 (July 1944)
  15. Oklahoma State Conduct of General Elections, State Question 21 (1910)
  16. Oklahoma Utility Bond Elections, State Question 488 (August 1972)
  17. Oklahoma Voter Identification Measure, State Question 746 (2010)
  18. Oklahoma Votes Needed for Initiatives, State Question 495 (August 1974)
  19. Oklahoma Votes Needed to Amend the Constitution, State Question 496 (August 1974)
  20. Oklahoma Voting Age, State Question 356 (1952)
  21. Oklahoma Voting Age, State Question 484
  22. Oklahoma Voting Requirements, State Question 479 (December 1971)
  23. Oklahoma Women's Right to Vote, State Question 97 (1918)

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