With the election around the corner, it’s time to start thinking about voting. Here are some things to consider.
Hurry up and register!
Want to ensure your voice is heard? You need to register to vote with your county or state election board by tomorrow. Click here for the Oklahoma State Election board website. Be sure and register online by midnight Oct. 9. Already registered? Validate your registration here with the OK Voter Portal.
Research the ballot
You wouldn’t drive a car off the lot without asking questions, so why would democracy be any different? Once registered, voters may view a sample ballot to see the questions beforehand. Topics may be researched by going to the State Election Board Question Information page.
Ways to vote
There are two ways to cast your ballot this November.
In Person: Traditionally, voters have done so in person to ensure the vote is counted quickly. As some polling locations are closing near election time, click here to verify your voting area will still be in operation. Early voting is Oct. 29 to Nov. 1; however, dates and times may vary depending on your location. Be sure to bring valid identification (i.e. driver’s license, military ID, Oklahoma ID, U.S. passport, etc.).
Mail-in or absentee: Amid the pandemic, many voters are opting for the safer option of mail-in voting. Once registered, voters may click here to request an absentee ballot. Once requested, it will be sent to the voter’s specified address. Typically, these ballots are given to those who have health issues or are away from their precincts. The deadline for requesting this ballot is 5 p.m. Oct. 27. This form must be turned in by Nov. 2 or delivered in-person to the county election board by 7 p.m. Nov. 3. Please read all instructions carefully and sign legibly to ensure your vote is not omitted for technical issues.