Voting in Oklahoma
Voting in 2014 Primaries
Ballot access for major and minor party candidates
Absentee voting • Early voting
Open Primary • Closed Primary • Blanket Primary
Online voter registration in the 50 states
To vote in Oklahoma, you must be at least 18 years old, a United States citizen and a resident of the State of Oklahoma.
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.
Once you have been successfully registered, the county election board will mail a voter identification card to you.
As of August 2014, Oklahoma is one of the 35 states that have not implemented online voter registration.
Voting on election day
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.
- See also: State Poll Opening and Closing Times
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.
- See also: Absentee voting
All voters are eligible to vote absentee in Oklahoma. There are no special eligibility requirements for voting absentee.
Applications for absentee ballots must be received by the county election board by 5 PM on the Wednesday preceding the election. A returned absentee ballot must then be received by the elections office before 7 PM on election day.
Military and overseas voting
For full details, visit the Federal Voting Assistance Program here.
- See also: Early voting
Oklahoma is one of 33 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. 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.
- Oklahoma State Election Board, "Voter Registration in Oklahoma," accessed June 10, 2014
- Oklahoma State Election Board, "Facts about Proof of Identity for Voting in Oklahoma," accessed June 10, 2014
- Oklahoma State Election Board, "Frequently Asked Questions," accessed January 3, 2014
- Oklahoma State Election Board Website, "Voter Registration in Oklahoma," accessed January 3, 2014
- Oklahoma State Election Board, "Absentee Voting in Oklahoma," accessed December 16, 2013
- Oklahoma State Election Board "Early Voting," accessed December 16, 2013