Voting in Oklahoma
Upcoming Elections and Deadlines in Oklahoma
If you're registering by mail, your voter registration must be received by 10/14/2022 and postmarked by 10/14/2022.
If you're registering in person, your voter registration must be received by 10/14/2022.
If you're returning your completed absentee ballot application by mail, it must be received by 5:00 pm 10/24/2022.
If you're returning your completed absentee ballot application by hand, it must be received by 5:00 pm 10/24/2022.
The deadline to request an absentee ballot online is received by 5:00 pm 10/24/2022.
If you're returning your completed ballot by mail, it must be received by 7:00 pm 11/08/2022.
If you're returning your completed ballot by hand, it must be received by 7:00 pm 11/08/2022.
Voter Registration In Oklahoma
Who Can Register In Oklahoma
To register to vote in Oklahoma, you must:
- Be a U.S. citizen
- Be a resident of Oklahoma
- Be at least 18 years old or meet the age requirement to pre-register
- Not have been judged incapacitated by a court
- Not have been convicted of a felony, or have been convicted and fully served your sentence of court-mandated calendar days, including any term of incarceration, parole or supervision, or completed a period of probation ordered by any court. A convicted felon who has been pardoned may register.
You must register to vote at least 25 days before the election you wish to vote in.
Oklahoma Election Day Registration
Oklahoma does not offer Election Day registration, so be sure to submit your voter registration before the deadline.
You can pre-register to vote in Oklahoma when you turn 17½. Applicants who pre-register cannot vote until they turn 18 years old and the application has been approved by the applicant's County Election Board. Applicants will be mailed a voter ID card upon approval of their registration. Applications received less than 25 days before an election, in which the applicant has turned 18 and is eligible to vote, will be held and processed immediately following the election.
Voting Rights Restoration
Oklahoma does remove voting rights for people with felony convictions. Voting rights are lost until completion of a sentence, including parole/supervision and/or probation, with automatic restoration after. A convicted felon who has been pardoned may register.
If you have a past conviction, learn more about your eligibility to vote here.
Voting In Oklahoma
Where To Vote In Oklahoma
Vote-by-mail & Absentee
All voters are eligible to vote absentee/by mail in Oklahoma; no excuse is needed.
Early Voting In Oklahoma
Voters do not need an excuse to vote early/in-person absentee
Primary Elections In Oklahoma
Oklahoma has closed primaries. Voters registered with a particular party may only vote in that party's primary. However, parties can choose to allow registered Independent voters to also participate in their primaries. Nonpartisan judicial offices, state questions and county questions often are included in primary elections. All registered voters, including Independents, are entitled to receive those ballots. 17-year-olds cannot vote in the primary election even if they will be 18 by the corresponding general election.
Voter ID In Oklahoma
Voter ID Requirements
ID is required to vote in Oklahoma. Valid forms of ID include:
- Oklahoma driver license
- Oklahoma Identification Card
- United States passport
- United States military identification
- Voter Identification Card issued by the County Election Board
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. Valid forms of ID must contain the following information:
- The name of the person to whom it was issued
- A photograph of the person to whom it was issued (with the exception of the voter identification card, which does not have a photograph)
- 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.
If you go to your polling place without an approved form of ID, you may vote by provisional ballot and sign a sworn affidavit. 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. A provisional ballot cast by a voter who declines or is unable to produce proof of identity shall only be considered verified and approved for counting if:
- The voter's name on the affidavit substantially conforms to the voter's name in the voter registration database.
- The voter's residence address on the affidavit substantially conforms to the voter's residence address in the voter registration database.
- The voter's date of birth matches the information in the voter registration database.
- The voter's Oklahoma driver license number or the last four digits of the voter's Social Security number on the affidavit matches the information in the voter registration database. (This provision does not apply if the voter was not required to provide a driver's license number or the last four digits of the voter's Social Security number at the time of registration.)
- The provisional ballot meets the eligibility requirements set forth in Section 7-116.1 of Title 26 of the Oklahoma Statues.
Additional Oklahoma Resources
Your State Election Official
Secretary of the State Election Board
Phone number: 405.521.2391