The Edmond Sun

October 5, 2012

Oklahoma voters have options

Matt Hopkins
The Edmond Sun

EDMOND — Q: I know the election is Nov. 6, but can I vote early? Do I have to vote in person?

A: If you are registered to vote in Oklahoma, you can do it in a number of ways and at various times. We discussed the deadline for voter registration in an earlier article, but it warrants a reminder. To vote in Oklahoma during the upcoming general election, you must register to vote by Oct. 12.

Once you are properly registered, you have three voting options. You may vote in person at your voting precinct on Election Day from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. This great American tradition is available to every registered voter who shows up with proper identification.

You may also vote early. Early voting during a state or national election, such as the pending one, is available on the Friday and Monday before the election from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., and on the Saturday before the election from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. But if you vote early, do not go to your regular voting place. Early birds must vote at the county election board in the county in which they are registered to vote.

What about folks who can’t make it to the polls or prefer to vote from the privacy of home? Absentee voting is available to every registered voter in Oklahoma. However, to qualify for absentee voting and receive an absentee ballot, you must submit an application in writing to your county election board no later than 5 p.m. on Oct. 31. You will then receive an absentee ballot in the mail, and must return it to your county election board by mail by 7 p.m. on Election Day.

While applications for absentee voting are available at county election boards and online at www.ok.gov/elections/, you do not have to use the form. You may simply submit a letter with the required information. Your application must state your name, birth date, the address at which you are registered to vote, the election(s) for which you are requesting ballot(s), the address to which the ballot(s) should be mailed, and your signature.

Oklahomans who are in the military or who live overseas and their spouses and dependents may vote by absentee ballot even if they are not registered voters. Physically incapacitated people, nursing homes residents and the people who care for them also have special options.  

 

MATT HOPKINS is an attorney for Lester, Loving & Davies P.C. More information is available at lldlaw.com. Send questions to

questions@lldlaw.com.