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Frequently Asked Questions


Absentee Voting


No. State law requires that you register to vote according to your address of residence. You may vote only at the polling place to which you are assigned based on the address where you are registered. (But you can request an absentee ballot or vote early.)

You can request to have an absentee ballot mailed to you in Norman or you may choose to register to vote in Norman. If you register in Norman, your registration in Tulsa will be canceled.

1. I am registered to vote in Shawnee, but I work in Oklahoma City. Can I vote in Oklahoma City?
2. I am registered to vote in Tulsa, but I am in college in Norman. Can I vote in Norman?

 

1. I am registered to vote in Shawnee, but I work in Oklahoma City. Can I vote in Oklahoma City?

No. State law requires that you register to vote according to your address of residence. You may vote only at the polling place to which you are assigned based on the address where you are registered. (But you can request an absentee ballot or vote early. More information.)

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2. I am registered to vote in Tulsa, but I am in college in Norman. Can I vote in Norman?

You can request to have an absentee ballot mailed to you in Norman (More information) or you may choose to register to vote in Norman. If you register in Norman, your registration in Tulsa will be canceled.

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Address Confirmation


An Address Confirmation Notice is a mailing sent to select voters by the State Election Board every two years, as part of the statutorily-mandated, voter list maintenance process required by law.

Voters are selected to receive an Address Confirmation Notice for one of several reasons as outlined in 26 O.S. § 4-120.2. Voters who receive the notice must respond and confirm their registration address. Voters who do not respond will have their status changed to “inactive.”

“Inactive” voters who do not vote and have no further voter activity, such as updating their address or party affiliation, are required to be removed from the voter list following two, consecutive general elections for Federal office.

 View a sample of the Address Confirmation Notice.

There are two ways to reinstate your status to “active.”

  • Voting in any election – municipal, school district or a federal, state or county election
  • Updating your voter registration – such as changing your name or registering at a new address in the same county

Voters may receive an Address Confirmation Notice for one of several reasons as outlined in 26 O.S. § 4-120.2. You will find additional information on our Address Confirmation Notice page. If you would like to know the specific reason you received a notice, please contact your County Election Board.

Not every voter will receive an Address Confirmation Notice. The reasons a voter may receive an Address Confirmation Notice are specified by law. You will find the list of reasons outlined in 26 O.S. § 4-120.2. Additional information is available on our Address Confirmation Notice page. If you would like more information regarding why you received a notice, please contact your County Election Board

The State Election Board has a special P.O. Box to receive the Address Confirmation Notice return cards.

Yes. However, the return card is designed to be folded, so that all personal information is inside. Please see our Address Confirmation Notice page for return instructions.

You cannot verify your address over the phone; however, you can verify your address online using the OK Voter Portal. You will need the 8-digit number printed above your name and address on the Address Confirmation Notice to confirm your information online.

No. Only voters that meet the criteria in 26 O.S. § 4-120.2 will receive a notice. 

Yes. If you have not already submitted a new Voter Registration Application to change your name, the return card can be used for this purpose.

Complete the card with your new last name. In the margin above the name, write “name change” in the margin. Be sure to sign and date the Address Confirmation Notice Return Card before mailing it. Your registration will be updated to indicate your new name and you will receive a new Voter ID card by mail.

Yes. Write on the card that you no longer live in Oklahoma. Sign and date the card and mail it. County Election Board personnel in your former county can use the signed, return card to cancel your voter registration in Oklahoma. If you don’t return the card, your registration will become “inactive” and won’t be cancelled for several years.  

By law, a voter’s registration will become “inactive” if the notice is not returned within 60 days. The law requires the Election Board to cancel the voter registration of an “inactive voter” who (1) does not initiate a voter registration change, or (2) does not vote in any election conducted by a county election board during a designated time period, following the mailing date of an Address Confirmation Notice.

The designated time period is defined as “two, consecutive general elections for Federal office.”

Individuals who enter “inactive” status are still able to vote as they normally would, even without returning the Notice.  

If the voter wants to remain registered, the voter’s spouse or child should take the Address Confirmation Notice to the nursing home, have the voter sign it and mail it. If the voter does not want to remain registered, the voter should ignore the notice or complete a Request to Cancel Voter Registration form and return it to their County Election Board. If the voter does not respond, the voter’s registration will be canceled following two, consecutive general elections for Federal office. 

IMPORTANT: There is no provision in state law to allow a voter’s next-of-kin to cancel a voter registration if the voter is still living.

If you know the voter’s address, you can forward the card to the voter or write, “moved to: (address)” and return the card to the Election Board. If you do not know the voter’s new address, no action is required.

No. The deceased voter’s next-of-kin should submit a Request to Cancel Voter Registration of Deceased Voter form to the voter’s former County Election Board.

Yes. If you have been removed from the voter rolls, you may register again by completing a new Voter Registration Application. Voter Registration Applications are also available at your County Election Board and on our website.

Respond to any Address Confirmation Notice you receive and keep your registration current. You can keep your registration current by voting or updating your registration if you move or change your name using the OK Voter Portal

If you move to another county in Oklahoma, you will need to submit a new Voter Registration Application in your new county, and include your prior address in the spaces provided on the form.  

You can verify your voter registration information and make limited changes using the OK Voter Portal. If you have moved to a new county or changed your name, you will need to complete a new Voter Registration Application and mail it to your new County Election Board.

1. I have received a State of Oklahoma Voter Address Confirmation card in the mail. Is it really from the State Election Board?

2. Why does the Return Card have a different P. O. Box address than the one listed on the State Election Board website?

3. Can I return the card to my County Election Board in person?

4. Can the card be returned inside an envelope?

5. Can I verify my address over the phone or online?

6. Why did I get this notice?

7. Will every voter in the state get a notice?

8. Which voters will get a notice?

9. The addressee is deceased. Should the card be returned?

10. The addressee is now in a nursing home. Should the card be returned?

11. I still live at the same address, but my name has changed. Can I use this card to change my name?

12. I have moved within the county and my name has changed. Can I use the card to change both my name and address?

13. The voter is no longer at this location. What should be done?

14. The voter is away from home (i.e., military voter stationed overseas; voter who works away from home) and will not be home within 60 days. What should be done with the notice?

15. What happens if I do not return the notice to the Election Board?

 

1. I have received a State of Oklahoma Voter Address Confirmation card in the mail. Is it really from the State Election Board?

Address confirmation forms are sent to some registered voters to help us verify and update voter registration records. Federal and state laws require us to send these cards every two years. This document is an example of what the mailing looks like.

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2. Why does the Return Card have a different P. O. Box address than the one listed on the State Election Board website?

The State Election Board has a special P. O. Box to receive the Address Confirmation Notice Return Cards.

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3. Can I return the card to my County Election Board in person?

Yes.

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4. Can the card be returned inside an envelope?

Yes. However, the return card is designed to be folded and sealed with tape so that all personal information is inside.

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5. Can I verify my address over the phone or online?

You cannot verify your address over the phone. However, you can verify your address by using our Online Voter Tool. Enter your information into the search, and when the page with your voter registration opens, look for the "Voter Confirmation" section. Enter the 8-digit number above your name and address on the mailing, and then follow the on-screen instructions. The law requires the voter return the card by regular mail, deliver it in person to the voter's County Election Board office or verify their address online using the Online Voter Tool.

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6. Why did I get this notice?

Federal and state laws require us to confirm voters' addresses periodically.

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7. Will every voter in the state get a notice?

No. Only some voters will receive a notice. Some family members may receive a card while others may not. Those who do not receive a card are not in danger of being removed from the voter registration rolls.

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8. Which voters will get a notice?

Voters who fall into one of five categories will receive a notice. The categories are:

  • Voter has not voted since before the 2016 General Election.
  • Voter has the same last name, first initial, and birth date as another voter in the state.
  • First-class mailing sent to voter since January 1, 2017, was returned by the post office as undeliverable.
  • Voter surrendered Oklahoma driver license in another state.
  • Voter may have registered to vote in another state.

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9. The addressee is deceased. Should the card be returned?

No. The card should be thrown away. If you are a member of the deceased voter's family, you may submit a form to the County Election Board to cancel the voter's registration. This form either must be notarized or witnessed by two people who include their names and addresses on the form.

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10. The addressee is now in a nursing home. Should the card be returned?

If the voter wants to remain registered, the voter's spouse or child should take the confirmation card to the nursing home, have the voter sign it, and then mail it. If the voter does not want to remain registered, the card should be thrown away. The voter's registration will be canceled following the 2022 General Election. (The voter may submit a notarized cancellation request in order to be canceled sooner.) There is no provision in state law to allow a voter's next-of-kin to cancel voter registration if the voter is still living.

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11. I still live at the same address, but my name has changed. Can I use this card to change my name?

Yes. If you have not already submitted a new voter registration application to change your name, the return card can be used for this purpose. Complete the card, indicating your new last name. In the margin just above the name, write "name has changed due." Your registration record will be updated to indicate your new name, and you will receive a new voter identification card.

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12. I have moved within the county and my name has changed. Can I use the card to change both my name and address?

Yes. If you have not already submitted a new voter registration application to change your name and address within the county, you can use the return card for this purpose. Complete the card, indicating your new last name. In the margin just above the name, write "name has changed." List the new address. Your record will be updated to indicate your new name and address, and you will receive a new voter identification card.

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13. The voter is no longer at this location. What should be done?

If you know the voter's new address, write "Moved to: (address)" and return the card. If you do not know the voter's new address, throw the card away.

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14. The voter is away from home (i.e., military voter stationed overseas; voter who works away from home) and will not be home within 60 days. What should be done with the notice?

If you are the spouse or parent of the voter, you may choose to do any of the following:

  • Put the notice in an envelope, affix postage, and mail it to the voter.
  • Save the confirmation notice until the voter returns home. The voter's registration will become inactive if the notice is not returned within 60 days; however, if the card is returned after the 60-day deadline, but before cancellation following the 2022 General Election, the voter's registration will be reactivated.
  • Throw the card away. The voter will become inactive but will be reactivated if he or she votes in any election up to and including the 2022 General Election.

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15. What happens if I do not return the notice to the Election Board?

By law, a voter's registration will become inactive if the notice is not returned within 60 days. The law requires the Election Board to cancel the voter registration of an inactive voter who (1) does not initiate a voter registration change or (2) does not vote in an election conducted by a county election board by the date of the second General Election for federal office following the date of the confirmation mailing. (For a voter who does not respond to the address confirmation notice in 2019, the voter's registration is required by law to be canceled following the 2022 General Election unless the voter reactivates the voter registration by voting or by initiating a voter registration change.)

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Early Voting


Yes! You can vote in the county where you are registered to vote from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Thursday and Friday before all elections. For state and federal elections only, you also can vote from 9 AM until 2 PM on Saturday before the election. 

In most counties early voting is held at the county election board office. However, some counties may have an alternate or additional early voting location

 1. Can I vote early?

1. Can I vote early?

Yes! You can vote at the County Election Board office in the county where you are registered to vote from 8 AM to 6 PM on Thursday and Friday before all elections. For state and federal elections only, you also can vote from 9 AM until 2 PM on Saturday before the election. Details.

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Military and Overseas Voting


Military voters should contact the Voting Assistance Officers in their units for application forms and information. Overseas voters may obtain the same materials at United States military installations, embassies and consulates, or online from the Federal Voting Assistance Program. (You will be redirected to an external site.) Military and overseas voters who need to contact their County Election Board in Oklahoma can find e-mail addresses here.

An absentee voter who is in the uniformed services or who is a civilian living or working overseas may contact the appropriate County Election Board by e-mail for confirmation that the voter's absentee ballot has been received by that election board. Get County Election Board e-mail addresses here.

1. Where can I find information about voter registration and absentee voting for military and overseas voters?

2. I am a uniformed services voter. How can I find out whether the County Election Board received my absentee ballot?

1. Where can I find information about voter registration and absentee voting for military and overseas voters?

Military voters should contact the Voting Assistance Officers in their units for application forms and information. Overseas voters may obtain the same materials at United States military installations, embassies and consulates, or online from the Federal Voting Assistance Program. (You will be redirected to an external site.) Military and overseas voters who need to contact their County Election Board in Oklahoma can find e-mail addresses here.

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2. I am a uniformed services voter. How can I find out whether the County Election Board received my absentee ballot?

An absentee voter who is in the uniformed services or who is a civilian living or working overseas may contact the appropriate County Election Board by e-mail for confirmation that the voter's absentee ballot has been received by that election board. Get County Election Board e-mail addresses here.

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Political Parties


The Democratic, Republican and Libertarian parties are recognized.

There are currently no political organizations recognized in Oklahoma.

1. What political parties are recognized in Oklahoma?

2. What political organizations are recognized in Oklahoma?

1. What political parties are recognized in Oklahoma?

The Democratic, Republican and Libertarian parties are recognized.

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2. What political organizations are recognized in Oklahoma?

There are currently no political organizations recognized in Oklahoma.

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Primary Elections


No. Oklahoma is a closed primary state. Registered voters of a political party may only vote to select their party's nominees.

No. Oklahoma is a closed primary state. Registered voters of a political party may only vote to select their party's nominees.

No. Oklahoma is a closed primary state. Registered voters of a political party may only vote to select their party's nominees.

Only if the party gives permission for all Independents to vote in their primaries. In November of each odd-numbered year, recognized political parties declare whether or not they will permit Independents to vote in their primary elections during the following two calendar years. For 2020 and 2021, the Democratic Party granted permission for Independents to vote in their primaries and runoff primaries. Independents cannot vote in Republican or Libertarian primaries.

1. I am a Democrat. Can I vote in another party's primary or runoff primary?

2. I am a Republican. Can I vote in another party's primary or runoff primary?

3. I am a Libertarian. Can I vote in another party's primary or runoff primary?

4. I am registered as Independent (No Party). Can I vote in party primary elections?

1. I am a Democrat. Can I vote in another party's primary or runoff primary?

No. Oklahoma is a closed primary state. Registered voters of a political party may only vote to select their party's nominees.

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2. I am a Republican. Can I vote in another party's primary or runoff primary?

No. Oklahoma is a closed primary state. Registered voters of a political party may only vote to select their party's nominees.

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3. I am a Libertarian. Can I vote in another party's primary or runoff primary?

No. Oklahoma is a closed primary state. Registered voters of a political party may only vote to select their party's nominees.

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4. I am registered as Independent (No Party). Can I vote in party primary elections?

Only if the party gives permission for all Independents to vote in their primaries. In November of each odd-numbered year, recognized political parties declare whether or not they will permit Independents to vote in their primary elections during the following two calendar years. For 2020 and 2021, the Democratic Party granted permission for Independents to vote in their primaries and runoff primaries. Independents cannot vote in Republican or Libertarian primaries.

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Proof of Identity for Voting


State law requires all registered voters to show proof of identity before voting in person at the precinct polling place on Election Day or during early voting.

You may show any document issued by the United States, the State of Oklahoma, or a federally recognized tribal government if it includes your name, a photograph of you, and an expiration date that is later than the election in which you are voting. For example, the following documents meet these requirements:

  • Oklahoma driver license
  • Oklahoma Identification Card
  • United States passport
  • United States military identification

The law also requires that your name on your proof of identity must match your name in the Precinct Registry

There are two alternatives to showing a photo identification described above:

1. You may show the free Voter Identification Card issued by the County Election Board as proof of identity even though it does not include a photograph.

2. You may vote by provisional ballot and prove your identity by signing a sworn affidavit.

You may use a tribal membership card if it includes your name and a photograph of you, provided it is not expired.

If you do not show proof of identity, you may vote only by provisional ballot. Voters who cast provisional ballots are required to fill out and sign an affidavit that explains why their provisional ballot should be counted. Provisional ballots are sealed inside special envelopes and are not put through the voting device. After election day, County Election Board officials will investigate the information provided by the voter on the affidavit and either will approve the provisional ballot for counting or will reject it based on the outcome of that investigation. In order for a provisional ballot to be approved for counting, the information on the affidavit must match the information in the voter's registration record.

If you do not have or if you refuse to show proof of identity, you may vote by provisional ballot and prove your identity by submitting a sworn affidavit with the provisional ballot. Provisional ballots are sealed inside special envelopes and are not put through the voting device. After election day, County Election Board officials will investigate the information provided by the voter on the affidavit and either will approve the provisional ballot for counting or will reject it based on the outcome of that investigation. In order for a provisional ballot to be approved for counting, the information on the affidavit must match the information in the voter's registration record.

No. Most voters who vote by absentee ballot either have their signatures on their affidavits notarized or have them witnessed by two people. The law considers the notarization or witnessing sufficient to establish the identity of an absentee voter.

1. Why do I have to show proof of identity?

2. What can I show for proof of identity?

3. May I use my tribal membership card as proof of identity?

4. What if I do not have proof of identity with me when I go to vote?

5. What happens if I refuse to show proof of identity?

6. If I vote by mail absentee ballot, do I have to enclose a copy of my proof of identity with my ballot?

1. Why do I have to show proof of identity?

State law requires all registered voters to prove their identity before voting in person at the precinct polling place on election day or during early voting at the County Election Board. Details

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2. What can I show for proof of identity?

You may show any document issued by the United States, the State of Oklahoma, or a federally recognized tribal government if it includes your name, a photograph of you, and an expiration date that is later than the election in which you are voting. For example, the following documents meet these requirements:

  • Oklahoma driver license
  • Oklahoma Identification Card
  • United States passport
  • United States military identification

The law also requires that your name on your proof of identity must match your name in the Precinct Registry

There are two alternatives to showing a photo identification described above:

1. You may show the free Voter Identification Card issued by the County Election Board as proof of identity even though it does not include a photograph.

2. You may vote by provisional ballot and prove your identity by signing a sworn affidavit.

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3. May I use my tribal membership card as proof of identity?

You may use a tribal membership card if it includes your name and a photograph of you, provided it is not expired.

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4. What if I do not have proof of identity with me when I go to vote?

If you do not show proof of identity, you may vote only by provisional ballot. Voters who cast provisional ballots are required to fill out and sign an affidavit that explains why their provisional ballot should be counted. Provisional ballots are sealed inside special envelopes and are not put through the voting device. After election day, County Election Board officials will investigate the information provided by the voter on the affidavit and either will approve the provisional ballot for counting or will reject it based on the outcome of that investigation. In order for a provisional ballot to be approved for counting, the information on the affidavit must match the information in the voter's registration record.

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5. What happens if I refuse to show proof of identity?

If you do not have or if you refuse to show proof of identity, you may vote by provisional ballot and prove your identity by submitting a sworn affidavit with the provisional ballot. Provisional ballots are sealed inside special envelopes and are not put through the voting device. After election day, County Election Board officials will investigate the information provided by the voter on the affidavit and either will approve the provisional ballot for counting or will reject it based on the outcome of that investigation. In order for a provisional ballot to be approved for counting, the information on the affidavit must match the information in the voter's registration record.

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6. If I vote by mail absentee ballot, do I have to enclose a copy of my proof of identity with my ballot?

No. Most voters who vote by absentee ballot either have their signatures on their affidavits notarized or have them witnessed by two people. The law considers the notarization or witnessing sufficient to establish the identity of an absentee voter.

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Voter List


Only the voter can request that his or her name be removed. The voter may complete a "Request to Cancel Voter Registration" form and send it to the County Election Board in the county where he or she is registered, requesting that his or her voter registration be canceled. The request must be notarized. Get the form here: /content/sok-wcm/en/elections/voter-info/cancel-voter-registration.html.

The deceased voter's next of kin may complete a "Request to Cancel Registration of Deceased Voter" form at the polling place. The next of kin may also download a request form from the State Election Board website and send the request to the County Election Board in the county where the deceased voter is registered. The request must be notarized.

Files containing voter registration data are available for free from the State Election Board. View the information available or download an information packet including an account request form here. Or, call the State Election Board at 405-521-2391 or e-mail: info@elections.ok.gov.

Voter registration records do not contain voters' telephone numbers. We cannot offer any assistance in obtaining that information.

Candidates may include telephone numbers, e-mail addresses or website URLs in their declarations of candidacy, although it is not required. Declarations of candidacy for county or local candidates can be requested from the appropriate county election board. Declarations of candidacy for state officers or judicial races can be requested by calling the State Election Board, (405) 521-2391.

Voter registration records do not include any of these types of information.

1. My mother/father/son/daughter, etc., has moved to another state, but his or her name is still on the precinct registry at the polling place. How can I have his or her name removed?

2. My family member is deceased, but his or her name is still on the precinct registry at the polling place. How can I have his or her name removed?

3. How can I get a computer list of registered voters?

4. How can I get voters' telephone numbers?

5. How can I get candidates' telephone numbers and e-mail addresses?

6. How can I identify a voter's race/color/gender/ethnic origin, etc.?

1. My mother/father/son/daughter, etc., has moved to another state, but his or her name is still on the precinct registry at the polling place. How can I have his or her name removed?

Only the voter can request that his or her name be removed. The voter may complete a "Request to Cancel Voter Registration" form and send it to the County Election Board in the county where he or she is registered, requesting that his or her voter registration be canceled. The request must be notarized. Get the form here: /content/sok-wcm/en/elections/voter-info/cancel-voter-registration.html.

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2. My family member is deceased, but his or her name is still on the precinct registry at the polling place. How can I have his or her name removed?

The deceased voter's next of kin may complete a "Request to Cancel Registration of Deceased Voter" form at the polling place. Or, the next of kin may send the request to the County Election Board in the county where the deceased voter is registered. The request must be notarized. Get the form here.

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3. How can I get a computer list of registered voters?

Files containing voter registration data are available for free from the State Election Board. View the information available or download an information packet including an account request form here. Or, call the State Election Board at 405-521-2391 or e-mail: info@elections.ok.gov.

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4. How can I get voters' telephone numbers?

Voter registration records do not contain voters' telephone numbers. We cannot offer any assistance in obtaining that information.

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5. How can I get candidates' telephone numbers and e-mail addresses?

Candidates may include telephone numbers, e-mail addresses or website URLs in their declarations of candidacy, although it is not required. Declarations of candidacy for county or local candidates can be requested from the appropriate county election board. Declarations of candidacy for state officers or judicial races can be requested by calling the State Election Board, (405) 521-2391.

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6. How can I identify a voter's race/color/gender/ethnic origin, etc.?

Voter registration records do not include any of these types of information.

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Voter Registration


It's easy. Just complete a Voter Registration Application using the OK Voter Portal "wizard." and mail or hand-deliver it to your County Election Board. Applications are also available at your County Election Board, most tag agencies, post offices, and public libraries. Visit our website for more details.

You can make changes to your address (provided you have not moved to a new county) or party affiliation online using the OK Voter Portal. If you have moved to a new county, you will need to complete a new Voter Registration Application and mail or hand-deliver the application to your County Election Board. Applications are also available at your County Election Board, most tag agencies, post offices, and public libraries. 

Request a replacement Voter ID card from the County Election Board in the county where you are registered to vote.

1. How do I register to vote in Oklahoma?

2. How do I change my name, address or political affiliation on my voter registration?

3. I lost my Voter ID card. How do I get a replacement?

1. How do I register to vote in Oklahoma?

It's easy. Just complete a voter registration form and send it in. Get the application here. You can also get the form at most post offices and public libraries, or you can complete one at County Election Board offices and tag agencies. Details.

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2. How do I change my name, address or political affiliation on my voter registration?

To make any changes to your voter registration, send in a new voter registration application. Get the application here. You may also change your address or party affiliation using our online system hereDetails.

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3. I lost my Voter ID card. How do I get a replacement?

Request a replacement Voter ID card from the County Election Board in the county where you are registered to vote.

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Voting


Whether you do or do not vote in a primary election has no bearing on your eligibility to vote in a general election. If you are properly registered, you are eligible to vote.

Whether you vote in all races that appear on your ballot, in only some of the races, or in only one race, any vote you cast is always counted. If you prefer not to vote for a candidate or a question, you are entitled to make that choice. It will not affect the counting of your votes in any other races on your ballot.

See this excellent treatment of the Electoral College from the Office of the Federal Register.

When you mark one of the straight party boxes, the machine will record a vote for the candidate from that party in any race where there is a candidate from that party. If you mark the straight party box but also mark the box next to a candidate from a different party lower on the ballot, the individual vote in that race will overrule the straight party choice in that race only. You will still need to mark non-partisan races such as judicial retention and any ballot questions if you want a vote counted in those races.

1. If I don't vote in the Primary Election, can I still vote in the General Election?

2. Will my ballot be counted if I don't vote every race on it? What if I leave some races blank?

3. What is the Electoral College and how does it work?

4. How does straight party voting work?

1. If I don't vote in the Primary Election, can I still vote in the General Election?

Whether you do or do not vote in a primary election has no bearing on your eligibility to vote in a general election. If you are properly registered, you are eligible to vote.

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2. Will my ballot be counted if I don't vote every race on it? What if I leave some races blank?

Whether you vote in all races that appear on your ballot, in only some of the races, or in only one race, any vote you cast is always counted. If you prefer not to vote for a candidate or a question, you are entitled to make that choice. It will not affect the counting of your votes in any other races on your ballot.

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3. What is the Electoral College and how does it work?

See this excellent treatment of the Electoral College from the Office of the Federal Register.

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4. How does straight party voting work?

When you mark one of the straight party boxes, the machine will record a vote for the candidate from that party in any race where there is a candidate from that party. If you mark the straight party box but also mark the box next to a candidate from a different party lower on the ballot, the individual vote in that race will overrule the straight party choice in that race only. You will still need to mark non-partisan races such as judicial retention and any ballot questions if you want a vote counted in those races.

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When and Where to Vote


On regular and special election days, polling places are open from 7 AM until 7 PM. (Hours are different for early voting.)

Find your polling place here.

1. When are polling places open?

2. Where do I vote?

1. When are polling places open?

On regular and special election days, polling places are open from 7 AM until 7 PM. (Hours are different for early voting.)

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2. Where do I vote?

Find your polling place here.

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Write-in Voting


No. Write-in voting is not permitted by law in Oklahoma. (There is one exception to this rule. In extraordinary circumstances, military and overseas voters may write in the names of candidates for federal offices when there is insufficient time for them to vote a normal absentee ballot. This is done on a special write-in absentee ballot. For further information on this procedure, contact the Oklahoma State Election Board: info@elections.ok.gov.)

Last Modified on Aug 11, 2021
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