Voter Registration in Oklahoma
OK Voter Eligibility Requirements
In order to be eligible to vote in Oklahoma, 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.
You must have your voter registration card 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 the 24 days, you will not receive your voter registration card until after the election.
If you will be turning 18 years old within 60 days of Election Day, you may apply for your voter identification 25 to 60 days before Election Day.
Registering to Vote—Application Steps
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 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 4 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 mail your application to the address on the form.
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.
Voter Identification Card
You are not considered registered to vote in Oklahoma until your application for voter registration has been approved by the State 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 State Election Board at once.
Absentee & Military Voting in OK
In Oklahoma, you are permitted to vote absentee if you are:
- A member of the U.S. military or their spouse/dependent.
- A Merchant Marine or their spouse/dependent.
- Living/working outside of the United States.
You can register to vote, update your voter registration information, and/or request an absentee ballot by using the Voter Registration and Absentee Ballot Request Federal Post Card Application Form (FPCA Form 76). You can either:
- Use the FVAP online assistant.
- Download the form and fill it out by hand.
- The Federal Voting Assistance Program (FVAP) provides instructions on how to fill it out.
Oklahoma Military and Overseas Ballots Online System
Oklahoma offers citizens living/working overseas and U.S. military members/dependents the option of receiving their absentee ballots online through the Oklahoma Military and Overseas Ballots Online System. This system e-mails you when a ballot is available for an election you're eligible to vote in.
To register for the online system:
- Fill out the Voter Registration and Absentee Ballot Request Federal Post Card Application (see above for options).
- Under "Ballot Receipt," indicate that you'd like to receive your ballot by e-mail/online.
- Submit the FPCA to your County Election Board (locations are listed on the FPCA instructions).
Once registered, you will be able to use the system by:
- Filling out and printing your e-mailed ballot.
- Sending the ballot to your County Election Board by mail OR fax.
Note that while the OK Military and Overseas Ballots Online System does not allow for online submission of your ballet, the U.S. Department of Defense has the DoD Electronic Transmission Service (ETS) that DOES give you the option for e-mailed or faxed submissions. Please read the FPCA instructions for information on the DoD ETS.
Oklahoma Primary System
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.
Cancelled/Inactive Voter Registrations
A voter registration can be cancelled or deemed inactive 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 receives a Voter Address Confirmation notice, but does not return it within 60 days.
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.