Oklahoma

Upcoming Elections

2022-06-03 – Registration Deadline (Received by)

Received by Fri Jun 3, 2022

2022-06-13 – Ballot Request Deadline (Received by)

Received by Mon Jun 13, 2022 5:00PM CDT

2022-06-23 – Early Voting Starts

Thu Jun 23, 2022 8:00AM CDT

2022-06-25 – Early Voting Ends

Sat Jun 25, 2022 6:00PM CDT

2022-06-28 – Ballot Return Deadline (Received by)

Received by Tue Jun 28, 2022 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/

Absentee Voting:

Any registered voter in Oklahoma may vote by absentee ballot. It is not necessary to give a reason for voting absentee. Absentee voters must complete absentee ballot application form (or a letter request by mail) to vote on an absentee ballot in an upcoming election. Voters may apply for absentee ballots for one election, for several elections, or for all elections in which they are eligible to vote during the calendar year in which the application is submitted. You may mail, fax, or hand deliver your absentee ballot application to your County Election Board. You may also scan your signed application and email it to your County Election Board.  Absentee Ballot affidavits must be notarized, regardless of whether they are hand-delivered or mailed to the County Election Board.  To locate a notary, visit: https://oklahoma.gov/elections/voters/notary-services.html

In-Person AbsenteeYou can vote in-person absentee – “Early Voting” at the County Election Board office in the county where you are registered.  In-person absentee voters must fill out and sign an application form when they arrive to vote. Absentee By Mail – Applications for absentee ballots must be made in writing, or electronically  using the Oklahoma State Election Board’s Online Absentee Voting Application, with the OK Voter Portal  (https://www.ok.gov/elections/OVP.html) “Apply for Absentee Ballots Online”  and following the link to the application form https://oklahoma.gov/elections/voters/absentee-voting.html,. Absentee ballot application forms are available from all County Election Boards and from the State Election Board. Forms can also be downloaded from the Oklahoma Voter Portal (https://www.ok.gov/elections/OVP.html), which links to the form at ”Download an Absentee Ballot Request Formhttps://oklahoma.gov/content/dam/ok/en/elections/absentee-ballots/absentee-ballot-application.pdf. Voters are not required to use the form, and alternatively may write a letter to their County Election Board to apply for an absentee ballot. The letter should contain the voter’s name, birth date, address at which he or she is registered to vote, the election(s) for which the voter is requesting ballots, the address to which the ballots should be mailed, and the voter’s signature. The deadline to apply for an absentee ballot to be mailed is 5 p.m. on the Tuesday preceding the election.

Absentee ballot applications may be mailed, emailed, faxed or delivered personally by the voter to the Country Election Board. Note, if a voter intends to hand deliver the application, unless the voter is applying to vote by absentee ballot under a special condition, the voter must deliver the application themself personally and must present appropriate ID at the time of delivery..  Absentee Ballot affidavits – except for those for Incapacitated Persons – must be notarized, regardless of whether they are hand-delivered or mailed to the County Election Board.  To locate a notary, visit: Absentee ballot applications may be mailed, emailed, faxed or delivered personally by the voter to the Country Election Board. Note, if a voter intends to hand deliver the application, unless the voter is applying to vote by absentee ballot under a special condition, the voter must deliver the application themself personally and must present appropriate ID at the time of delivery..  Absentee Ballot affidavits – except for those for Incapacitated Persons – must be notarized, regardless of whether they are hand-delivered or mailed to the County Election Board.  To locate a notary, visit:

https://oklahoma.gov/elections/voters/notary-services.html

Special Conditions for Incapacitated Voters Physically incapacitated voters and voters who care for physically incapacitated persons who cannot be left alone may vote by absentee ballot. Physically incapacitated voters and their caregivers are not required to have absentee ballot affidavits notarized; however, they are required to have their signatures witnessed by two people.  In addition to being able to submit their applications by mail and fax, they may also 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 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.

Deadline to Vote an Absentee Ballot – Absentee ballots must be received by the voter’s County Election Board by 7:00 p.m. on Election Day to be counted. 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, 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.

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 in-person absentee voting, you can vote at the County Election Board office in the county where you are registered during the in-person absentee voting period.  For more information, see “When You Can Vote.”

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Registering to Vote

Registration Deadlines

  • The voter registration deadline for the Oklahoma State Primary Election is Received by Fri Jun 3, 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 have been legally declared “mentally incompetent” by a court
  • You are on parole for a felony conviction or convicted of a felony

Restorative Requirements

  • You are a convicted felon involving moral turpitude, unless your voting rights have been restored.

How to register 

  • Oklahoma State Primary Election
    • Submit an Application: Received by Fri Jun 3, 2022

Registration Deadlines: Oklahoma does not have Same Day registration. The registration deadline is 25 calendar days prior to Election Day, meaning your application must be postmarked or submitted electronically by that date.  

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. 

Registration Eligibility:  To be eligible to register in Oklahoma, you must:

  • Be a citizen of the United States;
  • Be eighteen (18) years of age or older on or before Election Day;
  • Be a resident of the state of Oklahoma;
  • NOT have been declared by a court to be an “incapacitated person.” If a court declares a person “partially incapacitated,” the person must be permitted to vote unless the court’s order specifically restricts that person from voting.
  • NOT be serving a felony sentence, regardless of whether the sentence was suspended or you were paroled A person convicted of a felony may register to vote when he or she has fully served his or her sentence of court-mandated calendar days, including any term of incarceration, parole or supervision, or completed a period of probation ordered by any court. At that time you must re-register before you may vote.  A convicted felon who has been pardoned may register.  If you received a deferred sentence or a full pardon, you are not subject to the ineligibility period, and will not be required to re-register to vote.

How to Register:   Oklahoma residents may register in-person or by mail.

By Mail:  You can download a paper application to mail from this website: https://oklahoma.gov/content/dam/ok/en/elections/absentee-ballots/absentee-ballot-application.pdf. You can also pick up an application at your County Election Board, post offices, most tag (local motor licensing) agencies), libraries and many other public locations. You can also print and mail a registration form using the Oklahoma’s Voter Registration Wizard to 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.  

In-Person:  You will be offered a voter registration application when you get your driver’s license and at public offices where you apply or update your information for food stamps, Medicaid, WIC, and welfare.  If you fill out your voter registration application form when you receive it at the agency, the agency will mail the form to the State Election Board for you.  You may also deliver the form in-person to your local County Election Board Office. Applications submitted at any tag agency that issues driver’s licenses and state IDs, as well as designated public assistance agencies, will be mailed to the State Election Board for you at no cost

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:  When 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. Once your application has been approved, you will be mailed a Voter Identification Card to confirm your registration. 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.”

Pre-registration: Those persons who are at least 17½ years old may pre-register to vote in Oklahoma if they meet all eligibility requirements. Applicants cannot vote until they turn 18 and the application has been approved by the applicant’s County Election Board. Applications received less than 25 days before an election, in which the applicant has turned 18 and is eligible to vote, will be held and processed immediately following the election.

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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 State Primary Election

Ballot Request:

  • Received by Mon Jun 13, 2022 5:00PM CDT

Ballot Return:

  • Received by Tue Jun 28, 2022 7:00PM

Early Voting:

  • Early Voting from Thu Jun 23, 2022 8:00AM CDT to Sat Jun 25, 2022 6:00PM CDT

If You Want to In-Person Absentee:  Oklahoma has early voting options (also known as in-person absentee voting).  You can vote at the County Election Board Office in the county where you are registered.  In-person absentee voters must fill out and sign an application form when they arrive to vote.

Physically incapacitated voters and voters who care for physically incapacitated persons who cannot be left alone may vote by absentee ballot. In addition to being able to submit their applications by mail and fax, they may also submit their application by agent. If these voters choose to 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 You Want to Vote by Mail:  Any voter in Oklahoma can vote by mail by submitting an application for an absentee ballot.  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.

The deadline to apply for an absentee ballot is 5:00 p.m. on the Tuesday preceding the election.

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

If you have not updated your voter registration with the new address, you will be permitted to vote the ballot of the precinct where you are registered (the old address) for one last time, but will be required to update your voter registration to reflect the new address and to vote at your new precinct in any future elections.

Upon filling out a form to update your new address and presenting that form to either the inspector of the precinct in which you are registered (the old address) or to a member of an in-person absentee voting board of the county where you are registered, you will be permitted to vote a regular ballot in the precinct where you are registered (the old address).   The updated registration form may be presented at the same time you appear for in-person voting.

Registered voters may update their registration information online using the OK Voter Portal Tool: https://oklahoma.gov/elections/ovp.html. Address changes may only be made 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 freeform addresses).  Changes to a voter’s name cannot be made online.  A paper form must be used for a new registration, a name change, or a change to an address that crosses a county line or is a rural route.

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 voting by mail, though it is not recommended because ballots likely will not reach overseas voters in time.  Rather, there are special provisions for absentee voting by 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).

FPCA:  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 new 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 the Oklahoma Military and Overseas Ballots Online System are notified by e-mail when a ballot for an election in which they are eligible to vote becomes available.  Voters must still return voted ballots to their designated County Election Board by regular mail or by 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, or the voter must fax or mail the ballot no later than 12:01 a.m. on Election Day.

Federal Write-In Absentee Ballot:  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 that they are away from their voting residence for service-related activities.  They must apply for a regular ballot early enough for their local election officials to receive the request at least by 5:00 p.m. the Wednesday before the election.  If they do not receive their regular ballot in time, they may use the FWAB.  Additional information can be found at https://www.fvap.gov/vao/vag/chapter2/oklahoma.

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If You Have a Felony Conviction

Persons convicted of a felony are ineligible to vote for a period of time equal to the time set forth in their judgment and sentence.  This ineligibility period runs for the entire length of the sentence, regardless of whether their sentence was suspended or they received early parole.  However, persons convicted of a felony, but who have received a deferred sentence or a full pardon, may register to vote so long as they are otherwise qualified.

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