Voter Registration in Oklahoma
In order to be eligible to vote you must meet the following requirements:
- Be at least 18 years old.
- Be an Oklahoma resident.
- Be a U.S. citizen.
- Not be a convicted felony within the time period equal to the original judgment and sentence, even if you are no longer incarcerated.
- Have not been legally determined to be incapacitated.
- Have not been legally determined to be partially incapacitated with a prohibition on voting.
In order to register to vote you'll need to fill out a Oklahoma Voter Registration Application. Courtesy of the Oklahoma State Election Board website, you can download it using the free Adobe Reader, or just pick one up from your local tag agent.
You'll need to provide the following information on your registration application:
- Name and address.
- Political affiliation.
- Birth date.
- Driver's license number.
- Last four digits of your Social Security number if you don't have a driver's license.
There is an oath on the registration form. You must sign and date the oath, swearing that you are eligible to vote.
You may also contact the Oklahoma State Election Board at the following address:
- Oklahoma State Election Board
- P.O. Box 53156
- Oklahoma City, OK 73152
- (405) 521-2391
Just drop your voter registration application in the U.S. Mail. The card is already addressed, but you'll need to add the postage stamp. Bonus: if you complete your voter registration application at your local tag agent's office, they will mail it to the State election Board for you.
There are some circumstances that can cause a voter registration application to be denied. If this occurs, you will receive a letter from your local election board outlining the problems and informing you of what you will need to do to rectify the situation.
You are not considered registered to vote in Oklahoma until your application for voter registration has been approved by the election board in your county.
Once you have been approved, you will receive a voter identification card in the mail, stating your name, address, political affiliation, and the polling place for your voting precinct.
Make sure all the information is correct, and if there are any problems notify your local election board at once.
Oklahoma has what is known as a "closed primary system," which means that you must vote for a candidate of your chosen party in all primary and primary run-off elections.
If you are registered Independent, you will need to have an authorization from the party before you can vote in a primary or primary run off.
Of course, all voters may vote on nonpartisan issues including judicial nominations and all county and state questions.
You must be registered to vote at least 24 days before any election in which you wish to vote. Voter registration cards cannot be issued during the 24 days prior to an election.
If you apply during this 24 day time restriction, you will not receive your voter registration card until after the election.
If you will be 18 within 60 days of an election, you may apply for your voter identification card any time between the 25 and 60 days before an election.
For example, if the election is on June 30th and your 18th birthday is on June 25th, you will need to apply for your voter registration card any time between May 1st and June 5th. After June 5th, the election cycle will enter the 24 days prior closed window and you will not be issued a voter registration card until after the election.
A voter registration can be cancelled by the local election board for any of the following reasons:
- The death of the voter.
- The voter is convicted of a felony.
- The voter is legally determined to be incapacitated.
- The voter moved out of the area and registers elsewhere.
- The voter has not responded to correspondence from the county and has not voted for more than four years.
You may also request cancellation of your voter registration by sending a written, notarized request to the county election board, asking them to cancel your voter registration.
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