Oklahoma voters will not be required to get their absentee ballots notarized for the Nov. 3 election. Voters will be able to submit a photocopy of a valid identification card in lieu of the notarization. The same absentee voting rules were in place for Oklahoma’s June and August elections.
Oklahoma voters will not be required to get their absentee ballots notarized for the Nov. 3 election.
Voters will be able to submit a photocopy of a valid identification card in lieu of the notarization.
The same absentee voting rules were in place for Oklahoma’s June and August elections.
On Friday, Gov. Kevin Stitt extended his executive order declaring a state of emergency in Oklahoma due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The order, which will remain in effect for at least 30 days, triggers a provision in state law to provide an alternate option for absentee voter verification
That provision applies if a state of emergency is in effect 45 days prior to an election.
For the Nov. 3 election, absentee voters will be able to choose between having their ballot notarized or submitting a copy of a valid identification card.
Valid forms of ID include those issued by the state, like a driver's license or voter identification card. Tribal or armed forces IDs are also acceptable. Only the front of the ID must be copied.
The deadline to request an absentee ballot is 5 p.m. on Oct. 27.
Mailed absentee ballots must be received by your county election board before 7 p.m. on Election Day. Absentee ballots can also be hand-delivered to your county election board up to 5 p.m. on Nov. 2.
Postal officials are encouraging Oklahomans to return their ballot by mail at least seven days before the election.
State Election Board officials said they are printing green absentee ballot return envelopes to make them easily identifiable for postal workers.
For Oklahoma's June primary, 3,614 absentee ballots were rejected statewide. The most common reason ballots were rejected was because they were returned too late.
To request an absentee ballot or check that your ballot has been counted, visit okvoterportal.okelections.us.
The State Election Board has an extensive list of businesses and organizations offering free ballot notarization and other absentee voter services. Those resources are available at ok.gov/election/Notary_Services.html.