Faqs

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

If the card you received looks like this one, it is from the Oklahoma State Election Board. It is sent to some registered voters to help us verify and update voter registration records. Federal and state law requires us to send these cards every two years.

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.

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.

Can you just take the information by telephone or by e-mail?

No. The law requires the voter to return the card by regular mail.

Why did I get this notice?

Federal and state law requires us to confirm voters’ addresses periodically.

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.

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 2008 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, 2009, 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.

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.

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 2014 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.

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 to marriage/divorce.” Your registration record will be updated to indicate your new name, and you will receive a new voter identification card.

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 due to marriage/divorce.” 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.

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.

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 in 2014, 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 2014 General Election.

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.

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.

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.

What political parties are recognized in Oklahoma?

The Democratic and Republican parties are recognized.

Who can I contact to get involved?

Democratic Party in Rogers County

Chairman James Blouche

Phone 918-343-5361

 jpdbm48@aol.com

Republican Party in Rogers County

Chairwoman Linda Lepak

Phone 918-343-2687

lindalepak@gmail.com

I am a Democrat. All the candidates in the Primary Election are Republicans. Can I vote for them?

No. Oklahoma is a closed primary state. Only registered voters of a political party may vote to select their party’s nominees. Details.

I am a Republican. All the candidates in the Primary Election are Democrats. Can I vote for them?

No. Oklahoma is a closed primary state. Only registered voters of a political party may vote to select their party’s nominees. Details.

I am registered as Independent (No Party). How do I get permission to vote for party candidates in primary elections?

You cannot obtain permission on an individual basis. 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 2008 and 2009, permission was not granted.

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

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 provides only two exceptions to these requirements:

1. An Oklahoma Identification Card issued to a person who is 65 years old or older is valid as proof of identity for voting even though it does not have an expiration date.

2. The Voter Identification Card issued by the County Election Board is valid as proof of identity even though it does not include a photograph or an expiration date.

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

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

You may use a tribal membership card if it includes your name, a photograph of you, and an expiration date that is later than the election in which you are voting.

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 registration record.

What happens if I refuse to show proof of identity?

If you refuse to 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 registration record.

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.

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.

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.

How can I get a computer list of registered voters?

CDs containing voter registration data for a precinct, county, legislative district, Congressional district, school district or municipality—or for the entire state—are available from the State Election Board. Get a fee schedule, order form and other information here. Or, call the State Election Board at 405-521-2391 or e-mail: info@elections.ok.gov.

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.

How can I get candidates’ telephone numbers and e-mail addresses?

Voter registration records do not contain voters’ telephone numbers or e-mail addresses. We cannot offer any assistance in obtaining that information.

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.

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 cannot make changes in your voter registration online or by telephone. Details.

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.

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.

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.

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.)

Where do I vote?

Find your polling place here.

May I write in a candidate’s name on my ballot?

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.)

How do I get an absentee ballot?

Send a written request to the County Election Board in the county where you are registered to vote. Get the application here. You cannot request an absentee ballot online or by telephone.

I am registered to vote in Claremore, but I work in Tulsa. Can I vote in Tulsa?

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. See above.)

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

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