By Bryan Dean
State Election Board PIO
The State Election Board and Secretary Paul Ziriax offers these tips and reminders for Oklahoma voters before they head to the polls for the June 24 Primary Election.
Study the candidates and issues before going to the polls. Look at your sample ballot using the election board’s Online Voter Tool at www.elections.ok.gov. You can also use the tool to check your polling place and track the status of your absentee ballot.
Election day voting
Polls are open statewide from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. on election day. Lines at the polls are longest before work, during the lunch hour and after work.
Vote during off-peak hours
Voters can save time by voting during “off-peak” hours – usually from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Voting will go faster if you make personal notes about how you plan to vote – and take those notes with you to the polls. (Remember: you can only use these notes yourself. It is against the law to share your notes with other voters.)
Give yourself plenty of time to vote on Election Day, and plan for long lines if voter turnout is heavy – especially in heavily populated areas and during peak voting hours.
Oklahoma has closed primaries. Only registered Republicans may vote in the Republican
Primary and only registered Democrats may vote in the Democratic Primary. Registered
Independents cannot vote in the party primaries, but can vote in non-partisan local elections on the ballot at their precinct. Find out what (if anything) is on the ballot in your precinct by contacting your county election board.
Proof of identity
Oklahoma law requires every voter who votes in person at the precinct polling place or during early voting at the County Election Board to show proof of identity before receiving a ballot.
There are three ways for voters to prove their identity under the law (only one proof of identity is required):
1. Show a valid photo ID issued by the federal, state or tribal government; or
2. Show the free voter identification card issued to every voter by their county election board; or
3. Sign an affidavit and vote a provisional ballot. (If the information on the affidavit matches official voter registration records, the ballot will be counted after Election Day.)