Category: Election Reminders – Page 2

TOMORROW 7am-7pm : Presidential Preferential Primary Election/Special Election

Reminders and tips from the Oklahoma Election Board


“(Oklahoma City) –The State Election Board and Secretary Paul Ziriax offer these tips and reminders for Oklahoma voters before they head to the polls for the March 3 Presidential Preferential Primary.

ELECTION DAY VOTING

Polls are open statewide from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Election Day. Lines at the polls are longest before work, during the lunch hour and after work. Voters can save time by voting during “off-peak” hours – usually from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

 KNOW WHO IS ON THE BALLOT

Both the Republican and Democratic parties will have a primary election. Fourteen candidates will appear on the Democratic primary ballot and six candidates will appear on the Republican ballot. No Libertarian candidates filed; therefore, there will not be a Libertarian primary.

Presidential candidates who have “dropped out of the race” or “suspended their campaigns,” but did not formally withdraw by the state-mandated deadline (December 6, 2020), will still appear on the ballot. Votes for these candidates will be tallied and recorded in accordance with regular election procedures.

 KNOW WHAT IS ON THE BALLOT

Some voters will have non-partisan issues on the ballot. Voters who are not eligible to vote in a primary election may still be able to vote on other issues. The State Election Board recommends viewing a sample ballot before heading to the polls. Sample ballots are specific to each voter and are available through the OK Voter Portal at elections.ok.gov/ovp.

 BE PREPARED AND KNOW YOUR POLLING PLACE

Study your ballot before going to the polls. View your sample ballot using the election board’s OK Voter Portal at elections.ok.gov/ovp. You can also use the portal to find your polling place location.

KNOW WHO CAN VOTE IN PRIMARIES

Oklahoma has a closed primary system. In order to vote in a party’s primary, you must be a registered voter of that party. However, the law allows recognized parties to open its primaries to Independents by notifying the State Election Board. The Democratic Party is allowing Independents to vote in its primaries in 2020 and 2021. The Republican and Libertarian primaries will remain closed.

PROOF OF IDENTITY

Oklahoma law requires every voter to show proof of identity before receiving a ballot. There are three ways to show proof of identity:

  1. A valid photo ID issued by the federal, state, or tribal government, such as a driver’s license, military ID, or passport; or
  2. A Voter ID card, which is issued to every voter by their County Election Board; or
  3. A signed affidavit, along with a provisional ballot. (If the information on the affidavit matches official voter registration records, the ballot will be counted after Election Day.)

Voters with questions should contact their County Election Board or visit the State Election Board’s website at elections.ok.gov.”

Presidential Primary Election reminder

The deadline to request an absentee ballot is Wednesday, February 26th at 5pm. You can apply for an absentee ballot on the Oklahoma State Election Board’s website. Early voting will be held Thursday, February 27th and Friday, February 28th from 8am – 6pm and Saturday, February 29th 9am – 2pm. Early voting is conducted at the county election board of the county that you are registered in.

Verify Your Registration – Last day to register Feb 7th for OK Presidential Primary

Be sure to verify your voter registration before it is too late to register for the Oklahoma Presidential Primary Election. You can verify your registration by clicking here.

The last day to register for the Oklahoma Presidential Primary is this coming Friday, Feb 7th. If you aren’t registered to vote and would like to register you can come by Thatcher 121C to pick up a voter registration form. If the office is closed, they are hanging just outside the door. Turn your form into your county election board or a tag agency that issues state ID’s and drivers licenses by Friday Feb 7th if you would like to vote in the Oklahoma Presidential Primary election. You can also mail your form in but it must be postmarked no later than February 7th.