Oklahoma

Upcoming Elections

Oct. 9, 2020 – Voter Registration Deadline
Oct. 27, 2020 – Deadline to Request Absentee Ballot

Ballot request must be received by 5:00 p.m.

Nov. 2, 2020 – Deadline to return Absentee Ballot In-Person

Ballots must be received by close of business.

Nov. 3, 2020 – Deadline to return Absentee Ballot by mail

Ballots must be received by the voter’s County Election Board by 7:00 p.m.

Oct. 29, 2020 – Early Voting

8:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.

For more 2020 election information, visit the Oklahoma State Election Board website.

If You Are Approached on Your Way into the Polling Place or Challenged Inside the Polling Place
Electioneering is prohibited within 300 feet of any ballot box while an election is in progress, and no one other than voters and election officials may be within 50 feet of any ballot box while an election is in progress. No printed material other than that provided by the election board can be publicly placed or exposed within 300 feet of any ballot box while an election is in progress. Press may be allowed in the election enclosure for up to five minutes but may not observe or photograph any voter marking a ballot. Exit pollsters (performing polls within 300 feet of a ballot box) may only be present if they notified the county election board and obtained an ID badge.
There is no way to challenge someone’s right to vote on Election Day. Oklahoma law allows appointment of “watchers” by parties or candidates, but they may only observe voting devices before and after voting, along with any repairs. They may not be present at the polling place while voting is taking place.

Oct. 30, 2020 – Early Voting

8:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.

For more 2020 election information, visit the Oklahoma State Election Board website.

If You Are Approached on Your Way into the Polling Place or Challenged Inside the Polling Place
Electioneering is prohibited within 300 feet of any ballot box while an election is in progress, and no one other than voters and election officials may be within 50 feet of any ballot box while an election is in progress. No printed material other than that provided by the election board can be publicly placed or exposed within 300 feet of any ballot box while an election is in progress. Press may be allowed in the election enclosure for up to five minutes but may not observe or photograph any voter marking a ballot. Exit pollsters (performing polls within 300 feet of a ballot box) may only be present if they notified the county election board and obtained an ID badge.
There is no way to challenge someone’s right to vote on Election Day. Oklahoma law allows appointment of “watchers” by parties or candidates, but they may only observe voting devices before and after voting, along with any repairs. They may not be present at the polling place while voting is taking place.

Oct. 31, 2020 – Early Voting

8:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.

For more 2020 election information, visit the Oklahoma State Election Board website.

If You Are Approached on Your Way into the Polling Place or Challenged Inside the Polling Place
Electioneering is prohibited within 300 feet of any ballot box while an election is in progress, and no one other than voters and election officials may be within 50 feet of any ballot box while an election is in progress. No printed material other than that provided by the election board can be publicly placed or exposed within 300 feet of any ballot box while an election is in progress. Press may be allowed in the election enclosure for up to five minutes but may not observe or photograph any voter marking a ballot. Exit pollsters (performing polls within 300 feet of a ballot box) may only be present if they notified the county election board and obtained an ID badge.
There is no way to challenge someone’s right to vote on Election Day. Oklahoma law allows appointment of “watchers” by parties or candidates, but they may only observe voting devices before and after voting, along with any repairs. They may not be present at the polling place while voting is taking place.

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 here.

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. In-Person AbsenteeYou can vote in-person absentee at the County Election Board office in the county where you are registered on Thursday, October 29 and Friday, October 30 from 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., and on Saturday, October 31 from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.  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 using the Oklahoma State Election Board’s Online Absentee Voting Application (https://www.ok.gov/elections/OVP.html). Absentee ballot application forms are available from all County Election Boards and from the State Election Board. Forms can also be downloaded here.  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 (October 27, 2020 for the general 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 by themselves personally and must present appropriate ID at the time of delivery.

When submitting an absentee ballot by mail, the voter must also include a photocopy of their identification with the completed ballot OR have their affidavit envelope notarized. For valid forms of ID, see “Identification Requirements.”

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. 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, and the voter must show proper identification. 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.

If You Are Approached on Your Way into the Polling Place or Challenged Inside the Polling Place
Electioneering is prohibited within 300 feet of any ballot box while an election is in progress, and no one other than voters and election officials may be within 50 feet of any ballot box while an election is in progress. No printed material other than that provided by the election board can be publicly placed or exposed within 300 feet of any ballot box while an election is in progress. Press may be allowed in the election enclosure for up to five minutes but may not observe or photograph any voter marking a ballot. Exit pollsters (performing polls within 300 feet of a ballot box) may only be present if they notified the county election board and obtained an ID badge.
There is no way to challenge someone’s right to vote on Election Day. Oklahoma law allows appointment of “watchers” by parties or candidates, but they may only observe voting devices before and after voting, along with any repairs. They may not be present at the polling place while voting is taking place.

Where You Can Vote

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 on during the in-person absentee voting period.  For more information, see “When You Can Vote.”

Registering to Vote

Registration Deadlines: Oklahoma does not have Same Day registration. The registration deadline is 25 calendar days prior to Election Day (October 9, 2020 for the general election), meaning your application must be postmarked or submitted electronically by that date.  

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.

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 over the age of eighteen on or before Election Day;
  • Be a bona fide 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. Once the full length of your sentence has expired, you must re-register before you may vote.  However, if you received a deferred sentence or a full pardon, you are not subject to the ineligibility period.

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

By Mail:  You can download a mail-in form from this website.  You can also pick up an application at your County Election Board, post offices, tag agencies (local motor licensing agents), libraries and many other public locations.

Once you complete the form, you can mail it to the State Election Board.  The registration card is already addressed, but you must add a first-class postage stamp.

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.

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.  Your voter identification card lists your name, address, political affiliation, and the polling place for your voting precinct.

Voting by Absentee Ballot

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 from 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. on October 29 and October 30, and from. 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. on October 31 for the general election.  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:

  • Apply online using the Online Absentee Ballot Request form, which is available at here.
  • Submit the Absentee Ballot Request Form to your local County Election Board by mail, e-mail, fax, or personal delivery. The Request Form is available from all County Election Boards and the State Election Board, or can be downloaded from the State Election Board’s website.

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. For the general election, the deadline is October 27, 2020.

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. 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.

Identification Requirements

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 of 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.

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.

As of September 10, 2018, registered voters may update their registration information online using the OK Voter Portal Tool.  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.

If You Are in the Military or Are an Overseas Voter

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 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 here.

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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