Oklahoma Absentee Ballot Guide

Last updated May 04, 2014
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Important Deadlines

  • Voter Registration Form: Postmarked 25 days before the election
  • Absentee Ballot Application: Received by 5: 00 p.m. on the Wednesday before the election
  • Voted Absentee Ballot: Received by 7:00 p.m. on election day 

How to vote by absentee ballot

Register to vote

Recommended: Use our Voter Registration Tool.  Enter your information, print and sign the completed form, and mail it to the address printed on the form. 

You can also use the Oklahoma voter registration form.  Mail your completed form to the Oklahoma State Election Board

Verify your voter registration

It's best to double check your registration before applying for your absentee ballot. Verify your voter registration today and avoid problems down the line. If there's a problem with your registration, register again before proceeding.

NOTE: Most people receive their voter registration cards in the mail 2-3 weeks after registering to vote. Don't worry if you lost your voter registration card. You don't actually need it to vote.

Apply for your absentee ballot

Good news! Anyone registered voter may vote by absentee ballot in the state of Oklahoma. Even better news: you can use one application to request absentee ballot applications for all elections during a calendar year. 

There are two different absentee ballot applications:

  1. Most voters will use the Oklahoma Application for Absentee Ballot to request an absentee ballot.  Mail, fax or hand-deliver your completed application to your County Election Board. Once they process your application, they'll mail you an absentee ballot.
     
  2. If you are incapacitated, convalescing, or in a nursing home, use the Oklahoma Application for Absentee Ballot (for incapacitated voters) instead. You can also use this application if you're a caregiver for an incapicated person and you are unable to leave the person alone while you vote. Mail or fax this application to your County Election Board.  If you're in a nursing home, your county will hand-deliver your ballot to you so that you may vote at your nursing home and not at a polling place. 

Receive, complete, and return you absentee ballot

Your County Election Board will mail you a ballot and a return envelope.  Follow the directions supplied for you with your absentee ballot.  Sign where indicated and mail your completed ballot to your County Election Board.  Your absentee ballot must be received by 7pm on election day.

Instructions for Straight Party Voting: Oklahoma Ballots often have straight-party voting options in multiple places on the ballot. A straight-party vote applies ONLY to the set of offices it precedes on the ballot. This means to vote straight-party in all contests, you must mark several separate straight-party selections.

Nursing home residents: If you reside in a nursing facility within the county where you are registered and you checked the appropriate box on the application, your ballots will be delivered to you on the Thursday, Friday, Saturday or Monday before the election.  You will vote your ballots as if you were at a polling place in your precinct.

Frequently Asked Questions

Do I need to provide ID when I vote by absentee ballot?

You do not need to provide ID if you've already voted in Oklahoma at least once.  If you are voting for the first time in Oklahoma and you did not include a copy of your ID with your voter registration form, you must include a copy with your absentee ballot application. You may provide a copy of a current driver’s license or other photo identification that shows your name OR a copy of a  utility bill, bank statement, government check, paycheck, or government document that shows your name and Oklahoma address.

I need an emergency absentee ballot. Help!

If you are incapacitated or hospitalized after 5 p.m. on the Tuesday before election day, you may vote using an emergency absentee ballot.  You must submit a written request to your local county election board, and your request must include a statement from your doctor that you are incapacitated and unable to vote in person on election day.  (Your county election office can also provide a form for your voter request and your doctor's statement).  Find someone to hand-deliver your written request and your doctor's statement to the county election board office.  This person is considered your "agent."  The county board will give your agent your absentee ballot.  After your complete your absentee ballot, your agent must return it to the county election board office before 7 p.m. election day.

Can I vote in person before the election?

Yes, in Oklahoma you can. Check out our Early Voting page for details.

Additional Information

State Election Website: http://www.ok.gov/elections/
Email: info@elections.ok.gov
Local Election Officials: Your Local Election Official is the best person to contact if you have questions.  They'll be able to provide up-to-date information on rules and deadlines. 

 

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