Military and Overseas Voters
Uniformed services members, their spouses and dependents and U.S. citizens who reside outside of the country are eligible to apply for a Military or Overseas Absentee Ballot. Applicants must meet the qualification requirements of 26 O.S. § 14-137.
Requesting Your Absentee Ballot
Uniformed services members and those who are living overseas, along with their spouses and dependents may apply for an absentee ballot.
If you are eligible for a Military or Overseas Absentee Ballot you may submit your application to the appropriate County Election Board through the OK Voter Portal, by mail, fax or email. You may request to receive your ballot electronically (recommended) or by mail. Absentee ballot requests must be received no later than 5 p.m. the Tuesday before the election.
Military voters should contact the Voting Assistance Officers in their units for application forms and information or complete a Federal Post Card Application (FPCA) found on the Federal Voting Assistance Program (FVAP) website.
Overseas voters may obtain the same materials at United States military installations, embassies and consulates, or by completing a Federal Post Card Application (FPCA) found on the Federal Voting Assistance Program (FVAP) website.
Voters with questions on selecting a voting address, should refer to the Federal Voting Assistance Program website. The FVAP website provides a wealth of information, along with numerous resources.
Receiving Your Absentee Ballot
Military and Overseas Absentee Ballots are transmitted to voters by their County Election Board no later than 45 days prior to an election for federal and state elections only.
If an application is received less than 45 days before a federal or state election, the absentee ballot is transmitted within 48 hours of receipt of the application.
Your Absentee Ballot Packet
Your absentee ballot packet will include absentee ballots, as well as instructions for voting, preparing, and returning an absentee ballot.
Ballots Transmitted Electronically
Here is a checklist:
- Instruction Letter
- Affidavit Envelope
- Fax Cover Sheet
Ballots Transmitted by Mail
Here is a checklist:
- White “Secrecy” Envelope
- Red Affidavit Envelope
- Green Return Envelope
- Voting Instructions
Please inspect your packet carefully before voting. If you are missing a ballot, instructions 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.
IMPORTANT: If you receive your ballot from the County Election Board after submitting your Federal Write-In Absentee Ballot (FWAB), you may complete the ballot issued to you and submit it to your County Election Board. Only one ballot will be counted.
Returning Your Absentee Ballot
Voted absentee ballots must be returned with a signed and dated affidavit.
Except as permitted by law, absentee voters must return their own absentee ballot to county election officials.
Military and overseas voters have several options for returning ballots. You can return your voted absentee ballots to the County Election Board by U.S. mail or by a private mail service that has delivery documentation, such as FedEx or UPS. First class postage is required for U.S. mail. (We recommend using your outer envelope as a guide to determine return postage.) Private mail service rates apply.
You may also transmit your absentee ballot to your County Election Board by fax. County Election Board fax numbers can be found on the Federal Voting Assistance Program website.
Absentee ballots must be received by the County Election Board by 7 p.m. (CST) on Election Day to be counted.
Please consider the distance your absentee ballot must travel and allow sufficient time for your absentee ballot to be received by the County Election Board.
Tracking Your Absentee Ballot
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.