“Nobody will ever deprive the American people of the right to vote except the American people themselves—and the only way they could do that is by not voting at all.”
—Franklin D. Roosevelt
How do I register to vote? Can I vote by mail? Can I vote early? The ongoing pandemic and the high level of interest in this year’s general election means libraries are fielding many more questions than during a normal election year. This page links citizens and libraries to resources and tools to help answer those questions.
Your Primary Resources
Your most import resources are your Local County Election Board, the Oklahoma State Election Board, and the OK Voter Portal, a one-stop-shop for all Oklahoma voters. Beware unsolicited mailings, rumors, and hearsay regarding voter registration and the election. Even well-meaning communications can cause confusion.
When accessing the OK Voter Portal, be sure to use the latest version of one of the following browsers: Microsoft Edge, Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, or Apple Safari.
Get your questions answered in time so you can take action and avoid missing these deadlines and important dates!
October 9 is the deadline to register to vote in the November 3 General Election. Applications that are mailed to your county election board must be postmarked by this date. Applications may also be dropped off at your county election board no later than this date.
October 27, 5 p.m. is the deadline to request an Absentee Ballot for mail-in voting. Due to the expected increase in mail-in voting, elections and postal officials recommend requesting your ballot early.
October 29—October 31: Early in-person voting will be conducted at Local County Election Boards or at designated locations during the following times:
- Thursday, October 29, 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
- Friday, October 30, 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
- Saturday, October 31, 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
November 2, 5 p.m. is the deadline to drop off your Absentee Ballot at your Local County Election Board. Bring your voter identification card or photo ID with you.
November 3 General Election: In-person voting will be held at local voting precincts from 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. Absentee ballots must be received via USPS or private mailing services by 5:00 p.m. on this date in order to be counted. Again, due to the pandemic and the expected increase in mail-in ballots, officials recommend sending your ballot in early.
Registering to Vote
You can register to vote through the OK Voter Portal’s Voter Registration Wizard, which will generate a paper ballot for you to print, sign, and mail to your county election board. A paper voter registration form is also available to download, fill out, print, sign, and mail.
Oklahoma’s Voter Registration Wizard also lets you update your political affiliation, or change your address if you are still residing in the same county. All other updates require a new registration form.
Absentee Voting by Mail
Applications for absentee ballots must be made in writing to your county election board, or using the Oklahoma State Election Board's OK Voter Portal. Absentee ballot application forms are available from all county election boards and from the State Election Board. Or, download an absentee ballot request form.
Verifying Your Absentee Ballot: During a typical election year, absentee ballots are required to be notarized for verification. Due to the pandemic, there are also additional options for absentee voter verification, including providing a photocopy of eligible identifications. The election board has a list of businesses and other organizations that will provide free notary and photocopying services to help you verify your ballot.
Watch video tutorials on how to vote absentee. Note there is a different video tutorial depending on the type of ballot you have: the standard no excuse ballot, or the physically incapacitated and caretaker ballots.
Go to the Polls Prepared
Study the Oklahoma Voter Guide for information about the national and state candidates, FAQs for voting, and the upcoming State Questions with arguments from both sides.
Get the Facts. Misinformation and fake news have become an unfortunate hallmark of national campaigns in the age of social media. Use these sites to find out the facts.
Consider becoming a Poll Worker. Many election volunteers are retired persons who are at-risk during this pandemic, and county election boards are looking for more volunteers to step into the breach. Contact your county election board to find out how you can help at the polls this November.