Emergency Incapacitated Voters
Voters who become physically incapacitated after 5 p.m. on the Tuesday preceding an election and are unable to vote in person due to their physical incapacitation, may receive an absentee ballot through special emergency procedures. Reasons may include incapacitation due to childbirth or hospitalization. Learn more about the qualifications for an “emergency incapacitated” absentee ballot.
Requesting Your Absentee Ballot
If you are eligible for an Emergency Incapacitated Absentee Ballot, you must make a written request to the appropriate County Election Board. The request must be accompanied by a signed statement from a doctor stating the date, time, and reason for your incapacitation - verifying that you will be unable to vote in person on Election Day.
The County Election Board can provide forms for both the request letter and doctor's statement.
Your request letter and the doctor's statement must be hand-delivered to the County Election Board office by a person of your choice. The person you select becomes your "agent."
- The agent must meet the statutory requirements below.
- The agent must be at least 16 years old.
- The agent may not be employed by or related within the third degree by blood or marriage to a candidate whose name is on the ballot.
- The agent may act for only one voter per election.
- The agent will be asked to sign a form at the County Election Board office providing his or her name and attesting to these facts.
IMPORTANT: An agent may only represent one voter, per election.
Receiving Your Absentee Ballot
Upon receipt of the required documentation, the County Election Board will issue an Emergency Incapacitated Absentee Ballot to be given to your agent. Your agent will be asked to sign a document assuming responsibility for the delivery and return of your ballot.
Your Absentee Ballot Packet
Your absentee ballot packet will include absentee ballots, as well as instructions for voting, preparing, and returning an absentee ballot.
Here is a checklist:
- White “Secrecy” Envelope
- Pink Affidavit Envelope
- Green Return Envelope
- Voting Instructions
Please inspect your packet carefully before voting. If you are missing a ballot, instructions, need a replacement or have questions regarding your packet, please contact your County Election Board directly for assistance.
Voting Your Absentee Ballot
Please read all instructions thoroughly before marking or returning your ballot. Absentee ballot laws are subject to change. Any changes to procedures will be noted in your absentee ballot packet.
Returning Your Absentee Ballot
Emergency incapacitated voters are not required to have absentee ballot affidavits notarized; however, they are required to have their signature witnessed by two people.
Tracking Your Absentee Ballot
Your agent is responsible for returning your marked ballot to the County Election Board office. Emergency Incapacitated Absentee Ballots must be received no later than 7 p.m. (CST) on Election Day.
You can track your absentee ballot using the OK Voter Portal. Once your ballot has been received, the portal will indicate the date of receipt.
Once voter history has been entered into the system after the election, the portal will indicate whether or not your ballot was counted.
NOTE: The OK Voter Portal is a voter information system only, it does not “count” ballots or “tally” votes.