Author: Dennis Hurst

More Voter Registration Drives!

The deadline to register for the upcoming November election is only three weeks away on October 14. With this in mind, the Center for Civic Engagement will be providing more opportunities to get registered on campus in the coming weeks.

A table will be held in the lobby of the Education building between 11:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. on Monday, September 26, and at the entrance to the Nigh cafeteria between 11:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. on Wednesday, September 28.

We’ll announce more opportunities to get registered in the coming weeks, happy voting UCO!

Voter Registration Day!

National voter registration day is coming up on Tuesday September 20! The UCO Center for Civic Engagement is taking part in this day by hosting a voter registration table inside the Nigh University Center from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. People interested in registering to vote, or those who want to grab a ballot for another person can come by during those hours.

As always, if you have questions regarding the voter registration process, upcoming elections, or voting policies in-state and nationally, feel free to subscribe to our blog or visit the Oklahoma State Election Board website here.

Civic Engagement Opportunity

The Democracy Innovation program of the National Conference on Citizenship in partnership with the National Issues Forum Institute and the Kettering Foundation is hosting a webinar on Wednesday, September 14 at 12:30 p.m. ET to discuss the role of local civic leaders, and how that role has been affected by the pandemic, our more polarized political climate, and our rapidly changing technological landscape.

The webinar will feature the voices and perspectives of civic practitioners in both the local and national fields:

  • Matt Leighninger, Head of Democracy Innovation for the National Conference on Citizenship
  • Betty Knighton, President of the National Issues Forums Institute and was the founding director of the West Virginia Center for Civic Life
  • Derrick Hammond, City councilmember and the pastor of the Oak Valley Baptist Church in Oak Ridge, Tennessee
  • And Brad Rourke, Kettering Foundation and the founder and former publisher of local online news source Rockville Central in Rockville, Maryland

Join the ongoing discussion about the roles of local leaders by attending this webinar. For more information about the upcoming webinar or to register to attend, click here.

Civic Engagement Opportunity

The National Issues Forum Institute is sponsoring an debate hosted by Saint Mary’s College of California titled A Constitutional Symposium: Religious Liberty and LGBTQ+ Rights. Hosted on September 19, the symposium center around the ongoing debate and controversy over religious exceptions to anti-discrimination laws made to protect LGBTQ+ individuals. The symposium will feature three experts in the field of constitutional law:

Robin Wilson, Director of the Institute of Governmenet and Public Affairs for the University of Illinois

Elizabeth Clark, Professor and Associate Director of the International Center for Law and Religion Studies at Brigham Young University

And Kyle Velte, Associate Professor of Law at the University of Kansas School of Law

People can attend in person, or attend virtually by registering here.

For more information about the event, visit the NIFI event page here, or email Steve Woolpert at woolpert@stmarys-ca.edu.

August 23 Runoff Primary Results

The official results for the August 23 Runoff Primary Election have been released and are available for viewing on the Oklahoma State Election Board’s website here. Click the tab labelled OK election results to view results by county, party, and position.

Voter Registration Reminder

Oklahoma will be holding a general election on November 8 to decide many positions across the state. While this is a while off, there are some important deadlines to keep in mind prior to election day!

People who wish to register to vote must do so by or before October 14. You can register to vote on the OK Voter Portal here. People who register by mail must have their application postmarked by October 14.

Voters who wish to request an absentee ballot must do so by or before October 24. Information about absentee voting can also be found on the OK Voter Portal here. Ballots must be returned by mail by November 8, or returned in person before the end of the business day November 7.

Finally, early voting will be available November 2 through November 5.

For more information on voter registration, election dates, or voting tips, please visit the Oklahoma State Election Board Website.

Upcoming Runoff Primary Election Reminders

With voters heading to the polls Tuesday for statewide runoff 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

Original News Release by State Election Board PIO Misha Mohr: State Election Board Offers Tips, Reminders for Oklahoma Voters

Early Voting for Runoff Primary Begins

The Oklahoma State election board released a statement yesterday reminding voters that early voting for the August 23 Runoff Primary elections in Oklahoma begins tomorrow in all counties. Early voting will be available on Thursday, August 18 and Friday, August 19 from 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., and on Saturday, August 20 from 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

As Oklahoma has closed primary election, voters will only be eligible to vote in their party’s primary. The Democratic Party however, has made an exception this year and has opened their primary elections to voters registered as Independents. It is also important to note that voters without a runoff primary election are still eligible to participate in any non-partisan elections on the ballot.

Sample ballots can be found in the OK Voter Portal here. The list of elections by county can be found here, and a list of early voting locations can be found here, both courtesy of the Oklahoma State Election Board.

Finally, voters who have requested an absentee ballot for the August 23 Runoff Primary are reminded that their ballots must be received by their county election board no later than 7:00 p.m. on election night. These ballots can be returned by the United States Postal Service or private mail carrier, provided documentation is present. “Standard” absentee ballots can be handed directly to the county election board, but must be returned no later than the end of the business day on Monday, August 22. The voter in question must be the person to hand deliver their ballot, and must have valid proof of identity when dropping their ballot off.

If you have any question regarding the upcoming Runoff Primary, or about Oklahoma’s elections in general, please contact your County Election Board or the State Election Board at (405) 522-2391.

Original News Release by Misha Mohr, State Election Board PIO: Early Voting Begins Thursday for Runoff Primary.

August 23rd Runoff Primaries Coming Up

Runoff Primary and Special Elections are coming up on Tuesday, August 23rd in counties all across Oklahoma. Polling places will be open on the day between 7:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m.

You can find your polling place, as well as a sample ballot for your precinct by logging into the OK Voter Portal here.

For general information on voting rules and regulations in Oklahoma, visit the Oklahoma State Election Board website here.

Oklahoma State Election Board August 1st Press Release

The Oklahoma State Election Board held a press release last Monday releasing the results of Oklahoma’s first authorized post-election audits. Announced by State Election Board Secretary Paul Ziriax, the audits confirmed the accuracy of all June 28th primary elections in the state of Oklahoma.

Thirty-three (33) county election boards across the state conducted audits of randomly selected precincts and races from the June 28th primary. The audits, conducted on July 28th included Election Day ballots, mailed absentee ballots, and in-person absentee ballots. The public was invited to attend all audits.

State Election Board Secretary Paul Ziriax stated that these post election audits “add an additional layer of transparency and security to Oklahoma elections.” Ziriax went on to say that Oklahoma “has one of the most accurate and secure voting systems in the world,” citing the post election audits as evidence of this.

To read the full press release, visit the Oklahoma State Election Board’s website here.
To read more about Oklahoma’s post-election audits and the laws that authorize them, and read a full report of Oklahoma’s first post election audits, click here.