Oklahoma

Upcoming Elections

2022-12-16 – Registration Deadline (Received by)

Received by Fri Dec 16, 2022

2022-12-26 – Ballot Request Deadline (Received by)

Received by Mon Dec 26, 2022 5:00PM CST

2023-01-05 – Early Voting Starts

Thu Jan 5, 2023 8:00AM CST

2023-01-06 – Early Voting Ends

Fri Jan 6, 2023 6:00PM CST

2023-01-10 – Ballot Return Deadline (Received by)

Received by Tue Jan 10, 2023 7:00PM

Last Updated: April 2022

Voting in Oklahoma

When You Can Vote

In-Person on Election Day:

The polls will be open from 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. central time. Any voter who is in line by 7:00 p.m. is entitled and should be allowed to cast a ballot. To locate your polling place, please visit https://okvoterportal.okelections.us/

Early Voting (in some states called “in-person absentee”):

Polls are open for early voting from 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. central time on the Thursday and Friday before all elections, and from 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. central time on the Saturday immediately preceding a general election, primary election, runoff primary election, or presidential preferential primary election. Voters can vote at a designated early voting location only in the county where they are registered.

Voting by Mail (same as absentee voting) 

The deadline to apply for an absentee ballot is 5:00 p.m. central on the Wednesday preceding the election. Any registered voter in Oklahoma may vote by absentee ballot. It is not necessary to give a reason for voting absentee.

Absentee ballots must be received by the voter’s County Election Board by 7:00 p.m. central on Election Day to be counted. If the voter receives their absentee ballot by mail, the voter may return it to the County Election Board by mail. Standard absentee ballots may also be delivered in-person to the County Election Board during regular business hours. Ballots delivered by hand must be returned no later than the end of business hours on the day before the election. 

Note: Oklahoma does not have same day voter registration.

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Where You Can Vote

How to Find Your Polling Place:

You can determine your proper polling place by checking the Oklahoma State Election Board website and searching the OK Voter Portal.

For early or in-person absentee voting, voters can vote at a designated early voting location only in the county where they are registered.

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Registering to Vote

Registration Deadlines

  • The voter registration deadline for the Oklahoma Special Elections (Propositions Only) is Received by Fri Dec 16, 2022.

How to Check Your Registration: Voters can determine whether they are registered to vote at the following link: Am I Registered?.

You are eligible to vote in Oklahoma if you:

  • Are a U.S citizen
  • Are a resident of Oklahoma
  • Are at least 18 years old by Election Day

You are NOT eligible to vote in Oklahoma if:

  • You are currently serving a sentence including incarceration, parole, probation, or extended supervision for a felony conviction
  • A judge has specifically ruled that you are not able to vote.

Restorative Requirements

  • If you have completed a felony sentence, including any term of incarceration, parole, supervision, period of probation, or you have been pardoned, then you are immediately eligible to register to vote

How to register 

  • Oklahoma Special Elections (Propositions Only)
    • Submit an Application: Received by Fri Dec 16, 2022

How to Check Your Registration: You can determine whether you are registered to vote by checking the Oklahoma State Election Board website and searching the OK Voter Portal or calling 1-866-OUR-VOTE. 

Identification Required for Registration:  You are asked to provide an identification number when submitting your voter registration application.  The form asks for an Oklahoma driver’s license number or the last four digits of your Social Security number if you do not have a driver’s license.  If you do not possess either form of identification, you must indicate so on the form and, according to the State Board of Elections, you will be registered without presenting further identification information. 

Voter Identification Card:  Once your application is approved, the County Election Board will mail a Voter Identification Card to you to confirm your registration.  You do not become a registered voter until the County Election Board in the county where you reside has approved your application. Your Voter Identification Card lists your name, address, political affiliation, and the polling place for your voting precinct.

Your Voter Identification Card can be used as “proof of identity” at the polls on Election Day and during “early voting.”

Voting by Absentee Ballot

If You Want to Vote Absentee, requests may be made:

  • In-Person
  • By Mail
  • By Fax
  • By Email
  • Online

Absentee Ballots may be returned:

  • In-Person
  • By Mail
Oklahoma Special Elections (Propositions Only)

Ballot Request:

  • Received by Mon Dec 26, 2022 5:00PM CST

Ballot Return:

  • Received by Tue Jan 10, 2023 7:00PM

Early Voting:

  • Early Voting from Thu Jan 5, 2023 8:00AM CST to Fri Jan 6, 2023 6:00PM CST

If You Want to Vote Early (In-Person Absentee):  Polls are open from 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. central time on the Thursday and Friday before all elections, and from 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. central time on the Saturday immediately preceding a general election, primary election, runoff primary election, or presidential preferential primary election. Voters can vote at a designated early voting location only in the county where they are registered.

If You Want to Vote by Mail:  Any voter in Oklahoma can vote by mail by submitting an application for an absentee ballot.  The deadline to apply for an absentee ballot is 5:00 p.m. on the Wednesday preceding the election. You are not required to state a reason to vote absentee. There are a number of ways you can apply for an absentee ballot: 

  • You can download an application at https://oklahoma.gov/content/dam/ok/en/elections/absentee-ballots/absentee-ballot-application.pdf.
  • Oklahoma’s Voter Registration Wizard will produce a filled-out Oklahoma Voter Registration form that you can then sign and mail to your local County Election board. The voter registration wizard is found at this website: https://okvoterportal.okelections.us/Home/RegWizard.
  • Write a letter to your County Election Board, which contains your name, birth date, address where you are registered to vote, the election(s) for which you are requesting ballots, the address to which the ballots should be mailed, and your signature. Note that physically incapacitated voters and voters who care for physically incapacitated persons who cannot be left alone may submit their application by agent. If these voters choose to have their applications submitted by an agent, the agent must be at least 16 years old and may not be employed by or related within the third degree by blood or marriage to a candidate who name is on the ballot. The agent may only act for one voter per election. These voters are required to have their signatures witnessed by two people.

If the voter receives his or her absentee ballot by mail, the voter may return it to the County Election Board by mail. Standard absentee ballots may also be delivered in-person to the County Election Board during regular business hours. Ballots delivered by hand must be returned no later than the end of business hours on the day before the election. Only standard absentee ballots may be returned in-person, and the voter must show proper identification and the affidavit must still be notarized. Those who request absentee ballots under the special conditions for those who are physically incapacitated or care for physically incapacitated persons who cannot be left alone may only return their ballots by mail.

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Identification Requirements

Voter Registration

To register to vote in Oklahoma you should provide one of the following:

  • Last Four Digits of your Social Security Number
  • Your Oklahoma Driver’s License Number

If you do not have one of these forms of ID and need help getting ID, go to www.voteriders.org.

Voting In-Person

In Oklahoma, you need to show a valid ID to vote. You can use any ID from this list:

  • Valid Federal Issued ID
  • Valid Oklahoma Issued ID
  • Valid Tribal ID
  • Voter Registration Card

All ID’s must contain the name of the person to whom it was issued; photo of person to whom it was issued; and an expiration date that is after the date of the election, unless the identification is valid indefinitely. If you do not have one of the Oklahoma valid IDs and need help getting ID, go to www.voteriders.org.

Oklahoma law requires all registered voters to prove their identity before voting in person.  Either a valid photo identification or a Voter Identification Card will suffice.  Those voters who do not provide the requisite identification may vote by provisional ballot.

Photo Identification: To be valid, the photo identification must satisfy all the following:

  • Show the name of the person to whom the document was issued, and the name “substantially conforms” to the name in the Precinct Registry
  • Show a photograph of the person
  • Not be expired (identification that does not expire is valid)
  • Be issued by the United States, the State of Oklahoma, or a federally recognized Indian tribe or nation

Valid forms of photo identification include:

  • Oklahoma Driver License;
  • Oklahoma Nondriver ID;
  • Tribal Membership Card;
  • US passport;
  • US Military ID.

Voter Identification Card:  You may also use the voter identification card you received by mail from the County Election Board when you registered to vote, so long as the name on the card “substantially conforms” to the name in the precinct registry.  This card can be used even though it does not include a photograph or an expiration date.

Affidavit with Provisional Ballot:  If you do not have or if you refuse to show proof of identity, you may vote by provisional ballot and prove your identity by signing a sworn affidavit.   Note that a provisional ballot will only be counted if it is cast in the precinct of your residence (except if you have moved and are voting at an old precinct, discussed further below) and if evidence of valid voter registration and identity is found.  If you have not shown proof of identity, the provisional ballot will be counted if:  (1) your name on the affidavit substantially conforms to your name in the voter registration database, (2) your address substantially conforms to the address in the voter registration database, (3) your birth date matches the information in the voter registration database, and (4) your driver’s license number and last four digits of your Social Security number match the information in the voter registration database (unless this information was not provided upon registration, in which case this requirement will not apply).  If you have legally changed your name or address prior to voting and have not updated that information in the voter registry, you may note these facts on the affidavit and simultaneously submit a form to update your voter registration information to reflect these changes.  The ballot will be counted if your previous name and/or address can be verified through the steps above. 

VoteRiders has created Oklahoma voter ID info cards in English and in Spanish, found here: https://www.voteriders.org/states/oklahoma/ 

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If You Have Moved Within Your State

Same County: A registered voter who has moved within the same county but has not updated their voter registration with the new address, will be permitted to vote where they are registered (the old address) for one last time, but will be required to update their voter registration to reflect the new address and to vote at the new precinct in future elections.  Oklahoma law does not provide a similar accommodation for voters who have moved to a different county or state.

Registered voters may use the Online Voter Registration tool to make an address change if: (1) both the old address and the new address are in the same county and (2) an actual street name is used (i.e., no PO boxes, rural routes or free form addresses).  Other changes to a voter’s registration must be made by filling out a new Voter Registration Application and submitting it to county election board.  A voter may change any of the information on their voter registration at any time.  However, applications for changes to a registration that are received or postmarked less than 25 days before an election will not be processed until after that election.  In addition, a voter’s political affiliation may not be changed during the period from April 1 through August 31, inclusive, in any even-numbered year.

You can also vote absentee by mail.  When applying for the absentee ballot, you must include the old address under which you are currently registered in order to qualify for the absentee ballot but should request that the ballot be sent to your new address.  The absentee ballot sent to you will be the one for the old precinct.

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If You Are in the Military or Are an Overseas Voter

Voting Military

Service members and their dependents may register and request a ballot using the federal voter registration/ballot request form (“FPCA”). You will have the following identification options when completing the form:

  • U.S. State or Territory or District Issued ID
  • Option to Indicate that you do not have the Requested ID
  • Last 4 Digits of your Social Security Number

Voting Overseas

U.S. citizens living overseas may register and request a ballot using the overseas voter registration/ballot request form. You will have the following identification options when completing the form:

  • U.S. State or Territory or District Issued ID
  • Option to Indicate that you do not have the Requested ID
  • Last 4 Digits of your Social Security Number

Military and other overseas citizens may use the standard procedure for registering to vote and absentee voting by mail.  There are also special provisions for members of the U.S. Armed Forces and merchant marine, commissioned corps of the Public Health Service and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, along with family members of all these groups, and other citizens who reside outside the United States (together these groups are called UOCAVA voters). 

In addition to the normal procedures, UOCAVA voters can use the Federal Post Card Application (FPCA) to register to vote and to request an absentee ballot. They may receive their absentee ballots through the Oklahoma Military and Overseas Ballots Online System (https://www.fvap.gov/oklahoma) by filling out an FPCA form and submitting it. 

Voters who request absentee ballots through this Online System are notified by e-mail when a ballot for an election in which they are eligible to vote becomes available. Voters must return ballots to their county election board by mail or fax.  In order to be counted, a UOCAVA voter’s ballot must be received by the appropriate local election official by 7:00 p.m. on Election Day.      

The Federal Write-In Absentee Ballot (“FWAB”) (federal form SF 186) serves as an emergency backup ballot that UOCAVA voters may use. Uniformed Service UOCAVA voters, and their dependents and spouses, may use the FWAB whether they are located inside or outside the United States (including APO and FPO addresses), provided they are away from their voting residence for service-related activities. Additional information can be found at the Federal Voting Assistance Program and at the Oklahoma Federal Voting Assistance Program.

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If You Have a Felony Conviction

Oklahoma requires the cancellation of the voter registration of any person convicted of a felony.  A person that has been convicted of a felony may register to vote (1) once they have completed their court-mandated sentence, including any period of probation ordered by a court, (2) if they have received a deferred sentence, or (3) are fully pardoned, provided they meet all other voter registration requirements. The ineligibility period runs for the entire length of the sentence, including during any period of suspension of the sentence or parole.

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