Month: June 2022

Election Tips and Reminders

With voters heading to the polls Tuesday for statewide primary and secondary elections, the Oklahoma State Election Board has provided several tips and reminders for Oklahoma voters to keep in mind before you head to the polls.

Election Day Voting

Polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. on election day. Lines at the polls are typically longest during lunch hours and after work, and all eligible voters in line before 7 p.m. will be permitted to vote.

Closed Primaries

Oklahoma election have closed primaries. Voters registered with the Democratic or Republican parties will only be able to vote in their party’s primary. Independent voters are eligible to vote in the Democratic primary, should they request a Democratic ballot on election day. Independent and Libertarian voters are eligible to vote in any nonpartisan elections on their ballot.

Verify Your Polling Place

Due to statutory redistricting, some precincts have changed. As a result, some polling places may have also changed. All voters should verify their polling place before heading to the polls. Voters can verify their polling place using the OK Voter Portal or by contacting their County Election Board or the State Election Board. You must be at your assigned polling place to vote.

Be Prepared

Be sure to study the candidates and issues before going to the polls. You can view your sample ballot, find your polling place, and track the status of your absentee ballot using the OK Voter Portal. You can visit the Oklahoma State Election Board website to view the election list.

Proof of Identity

Oklahoma law requires all voters who vote in person to show a valid proof of identity before receiving a ballot.

There are three ways to show proof of identity under the law (only one proof of identity is required):

  1. Show a valid photo ID issued by the federal, state, or tribal government; or
  2. Show the free voter identification card issued to every voter by their County Election Board; or
  3. Sign an affidavit and vote a provisional ballot. (If the information on the affidavit matches official voter registration records, the ballot will be counted after Election Day.

Ballot Status

Many people have concerns regarding the state of their vote once they cast their ballot. Information regarding ballot status can be found on the State Election Board website, along with details regarding Oklahoma’s voting devices and security procedures. In addition, election results will be available on the Oklahoma State Election Board website after the polls close at 7 p.m. on election night.

Beware of Misinformation/Disinformation 

Misinformation and disinformation can run rampant during election time. Because of this, voters are asked to be wary of information that seeks to promote theories or false claims of fraud, voter suppression, and/or other problems. If you experience an issue or believe an election crime has been committed, you should notify your precinct officials and contact your County Election Board while the incident is in progress. County Election Board officials will take immediate action to resolve the issue or contact law enforcement. Remember, state and county election officials should always be your trusted source of voting information.

URL Guide

Closed Primaries:  https://oklahoma.gov/elections/voter-registration/political-party-info.html
OK Voter Portal:  https://oklahoma.gov/elections/ovp.html
County Election Board: https://oklahoma.gov/elections/about-us/county-election-boards.html
State Election Board: https://oklahoma.gov/elections/about-us/contact-us.html
Election List: https://oklahoma.gov/elections/elections-results/next-election.html
Ballot Status: https://oklahoma.gov/elections/voters/ballot-status.html
Voting Devices: https://oklahoma.gov/elections/security-integrity/voting-devices.html
Security Procedures: https://oklahoma.gov/elections/security-integrity/election-security.html
Proof of Identity: https://oklahoma.gov/elections/voters/proof-of-identity.html
Election Results: https://oklahoma.gov/elections.html

Early Voting Begins Today!

Early voting for the June 28th primary elections begins today! In-person absentee locations will be open Thursday, June 23rd and Friday, June 24th from 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. “Early voting” will also be available Saturday, June 25th from 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

As Oklahoma holds closed primaries, you must be a registered member of a political party in order to vote in that party’s primary election. However, the Democratic party has its primary election open to registered independents for the 2022-2023 election year. Independents who wish to vote in the Democratic primary must request a Democratic ballot upon checking in at their voting location. Voters registered as Independent or Libertarian are also eligible to vote in any nonpartisan elections on the ballot.

Each county has at least one “early voting site”, and a list of these sites can be found here on the Oklahoma State Election Board’s website. Votes must be cast in the county you are registered to vote in.

Sample ballots are available for download in the OK Voter Portal or at your County Election Board office. (Remember, some voting districts may have changed due to statutory redistricting.) The election list can be found on the State Election Board website.

Be prepared to provide a valid proof of identity when you check in at your voting location.

Voters with questions should contact their County Election Board or the State Election Board.

Oklahoma Primary and Special Elections Coming Up!

A friendly reminder that we’re nearing the Oklahoma state primary elections on Tuesday, June 28th. Polling places will be open from 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. on the day of the election. If you requested an absentee ballot and haven’t turned it in yet, they must be received, not postmarked by 7:00 PM on the day of the election. In addition, “standard” absentee ballots can be hand delivered to your county election board, but must be received by the end of the business day the Monday before the election, along with a valid proof of I.D.

For information about candidates, polling locations, I.D. options, and other questions you may have, visit the Oklahoma State Election Board’s website here.