En español | Oklahoma’s Nov. 8 general election includes races for seats in the U.S. Senate, U.S. House of Representatives, the state legislature, governor as well as district school boards and other municipal offices. The primary took place on June 28.
A special election to fill the seat of retiring Sen. Jim Inhofe, is scheduled to run concurrently with the Nov. 8 general election. And the state's new redistricting plan has redrawn several U.S. congressional districts, which may change which candidates appear on your ballot and where your polling place is located. Starting this year, the deadline to request an absentee ballot is 15 days before Election Day. Extra early in-person voting days have also been added.
Any registered voter can request a no-excuse absentee ballot and vote from home in November’s general election.
Most people will need to get their ballot notarized. But there are different rules and carve-outs for voters who are residents of nursing homes or veterans centers or are incapacitated and can’t make it to the polls, along with those who are caring for someone who is incapacitated, are serving in the military or are working as a first responder or emergency worker. The state board of elections website has more information.
Absentee ballot applications sent by mail, via the Internet or in person are due no later than 5 p.m. on Oct. 24 in order to vote in the Nov. 8 general election.
Once you receive your ballot, it will need to be notarized (notaries can’t charge a fee for doing so). Exceptions are made for physically incapacitated voters and their caregivers, whose signatures must be witnessed by two people. The state election board’s website has a directory of notaries.
Ballots must be returned by mail or in person. You can’t have someone else return your ballot for you if you’re submitting a standard absentee ballot — though there are exceptions for some people, including those who are incapacitated or a resident of a nursing home or veterans center.
Track the status of your ballot through the Oklahoma voter portal.
Yes. Early in-person voting for the general election is available Nov. 2 through Nov. 4 from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. and from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 5. Find your early voting location on the state elections website.
The general election is Tuesday, Nov. 8. Polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Search for your polling place online at the state's election website.
Yes. You’ll need to show a photo ID, like an Oklahoma driver’s license, U.S. passport or military ID. Or you can show a voter identification card issued by your county election board. The state election board’s website has more information about acceptable forms of ID.
If you don’t have an acceptable form of ID, you can cast a provisional ballot. You’ll need to sign an affidavit confirming your identity. Election officials will determine whether the provisional ballot is legitimate after Election Day.
Editor’s note: This guide was updated on June 30 with information about how to vote in 2022. The guide was first published on Aug. 4, 2020.
This story is provided by AARP Oklahoma. Visit the AARP Oklahoma page for more news, events, and programs affecting retirement, health care, and more.
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