Your voice matters. The November election is quickly approaching, and the voting process can be confusing for both new and seasoned voters. The following resources and information are designed to help you navigate the voting process, procedures and help you exercise your civic duty.
How to Vote in Oklahoma
- Check your voter registration.
- Register. The deadline to register was Friday, Oct. 9. Absentee ballots must be requested by Oct. 27. Voters are encouraged to return their ballots early as mail delays are expected. The United States Postal Service (USPS) is encouraging individuals to return their absentee ballots by Oct. 27.
- Research. Make a plan of how you will vote (early voting, absentee or in person on Election Day). Research candidates and state questions on the ballot, you may see your sample ballot to prepare and additional information at the Oklahoma State Election Board website.
- Vote. Follow your voting plan and know you have done your civic duty. Repeat this process for each election throughout the year. Additional Oklahoma election information for 2021 can be found here.
What to know when voting in person. Take proof of identity for voting. Polls are open 7 a.m. – 7 p.m. Stay in line, EVEN if it's after 7 p.m. If you were in line before the closing time, you can still vote.
Absentee ballots for the Nov. 3 election may be notarized OR the voter may submit a copy of a valid ID. Learn more about what can be used for proof of identity when voting.
Voters can return their voted absentee ballots to the county election board by U.S. mail or by a private mail service that has delivery documentation. An absentee ballot must be received by the county election board by 7 p.m. Election Day to be counted. In 2020, the USPS recommends mailing your voted absentee ballot at least one (1) week prior to the election date. This is Oct. 27, 2020, for the Nov. 3 election. First-class postage is required for U.S. mail. Voters who requested a "standard" absentee ballot may hand-deliver their own absentee ballot in-person to the county election board during regular business hours. 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 identification required for in-person voting.
Are UCO employees given time to vote?
Yes. Faculty and staff receive two hours of voting leave per UCO policy.
What if I am still in line when the polls close?
Stay in line even after the polls close. If you are in line before 7 p.m., you are allowed to vote. §26-7-104
Can I wear campaign clothes into the precinct?
No. Keep your campaign clothing at home when you go to the polls. §26-7-108
May I write in a candidate's name on my ballot?
No. Write-in voting is not permitted by law in Oklahoma.
What qualifies as an official ID card to vote?
A document used for proof of identity for voting must have been issued by the United States government, the State of Oklahoma or a federally recognized tribal government.
The law requires a document used for proof of identity for voting to contain the following information:
- The name of the person to whom it was issued;
- A photograph of the person to whom it was issued; and,
- An expiration date that is after the date of the election, unless the identification is valid indefinitely.
The law requires the voter's name on the proof of identity document to "substantially conform" to the voter's name in the precinct registry. In other words, your name on your proof of identity must match your name in the precinct registry.
In addition, voters may use the free voter identification card they received by mail from the County Election Board when they registered to vote. The law allows use of the voter identification card even though it does not include a photograph.