Covid-19 and Oklahoma Elections
The health and safety of election workers and voters remains foremost on the minds of state and county election officials. Oklahomans can know that state and county election officials are working very hard to make sure that our elections are conducted as safely and securely as possible.
SOCIAL DISTANCING AND SAFETY PROTOCOLS FOR IN-PERSON VOTING
State election officials worked with health professionals at the OU Health Sciences Center to develop protocols for social distancing and disinfection at in-person voting sites. This will help protect poll workers and voters alike. Read the protocols here.
Additionally, state election officials and our partners at OU Health Sciences Center strongly recommend that election workers and voters wear masks or cloth face coverings at in-person voting sites.
PERSONAL PROTECTIVE EQUIPMENT, DISINFECTION AT IN-PERSON VOTING SITES
The State Election Board has secured personal protective equipment (including masks, gloves, and eye protection) and disinfection supplies for use by poll workers at in-person polling places. There are sufficient supplies on hand for every poll worker at the upcoming election.
NO-EXCUSE ABSENTEE VOTING
Oklahoma voters do not need an excuse to vote by mail absentee ballot. It is an easy and convenient way to vote. Apply online, print an application or learn more about absentee voting here.
The deadline to request a mail absentee ballot is the Tuesday one week prior to the date of an election, but voters are encouraged to apply as early as possible.
HAVE YOU EVER WANTED TO BE A POLL WORKER?
County election boards are always seeking poll workers – which was as true before the pandemic as it is now. Generally, serving as a poll worker is a great way to serve, and to learn more about the conduct and administration of elections. Those interested in serving as a poll worker should contact their county election board.