Standard Absentee Voters
A Standard Absentee Ballot is the most common type of absentee ballot requested by voters. No-excuse is needed to apply.
Requesting Your Absentee Ballot
All registered voters in Oklahoma are eligible to apply for a Standard Absentee Ballot.
You may apply for absentee ballots for one election, for several elections, or for all elections during the calendar year, in which the application is submitted.
Effective July 1, 2022 - State law requires voters to provide an identification number that matches the identification number on their voter registration record. To apply for an absentee ballot, you must supply at least one of the following: an Oklahoma driver’s license number, State ID number, or the last four digits of your Social Security number. If you do not know which number you used for your voter registration, it is recommended that you provide more than one valid identification number on your Absentee Ballot Application.
Standard Absentee Ballot applications may be submitted to the appropriate County Election Board through the OK Voter Portal, by mail, fax, or email. The law also allows voters to submit an absentee ballot request by telegraph.
Absentee ballot requests must be received no later than 5 p.m. the third Monday (15 days) before the election.
Receiving Your Absentee Ballot
Mailing dates vary from county to county. Please contact your County Election Board for questions about mailing.
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
- Yellow 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
Standard Absentee Ballot affidavits must be notarized, regardless of whether they are hand-delivered or mailed to the County Election Board.
For your convenience, many banks, credit unions, libraries, businesses and organizations offer free absentee ballot notary services to customers and non-customers alike. In Oklahoma, notaries may not charge a fee to notarize an absentee ballot affidavit.
Standard absentee voters must return their own absentee ballot to county election officials. It against the law to return another voter's standard absentee ballot.
You can return your absentee ballots to the County Election Board in person, 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 delivery rates apply.
Hand-delivered ballots must be returned no later than the end of business hours on the day before the election, and the voter must show the same proof of identity required for in-person voting.
Absentee ballots returned by mail or private delivery service 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. The U.S. Postal Service recommends mailing absentee ballots at least one week prior to the due date.
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.