After the 10-year-long month of April and five-minute-long May, the primary election is upon us with June 30 being the big day. Registered voters can cast their ballots on U.S., state and local offices, based on registered parties. In Oklahoma, registered independent voters can only cast a ballot in the Democrat and Independent primaries.
State Question 802 is also on the ballot, which asks voters to decide on expanding Medicaid in the state.
The first deadline you’ll need to know, though, is you need to register to vote by June 5. To register, fill out a voter registration application form. Voter registration applications are available at your County Election Board, post offices, tag agencies, libraries and many other public locations.
You will be offered a voter registration application when you get your driver's license and when you apply for assistance at some government agencies. You also may download an application form.
You may also register to vote using the Oklahoma Voter Portal’s Voter Registration Wizard to complete your application online. Then print it, sign it, and mail it to your county election board. You will get a confirmation number that can be used by your county election board to check the status of your registration.
You must sign and date the oath printed on the form. When you sign the voter registration application form, you swear that you are eligible to register to vote.
If the COVID-19 pandemic has you wary about voting in person, you can request an absentee ballot by June 23. Absentee ballots no longer have to be notarized, but you are required to send in a copy of your ID or your voter registration card. This is only a temporary change because of the pandemic. At the next election, you’ll need to have your absentee ballot notarized.