Here’s what Oklahoma voters should know for the 2018 general elections

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As the general elections approach, we’ve compiled a guide on everything you need to know to vote. On Nov. 6, Oklahoma voters will choose the state’s next governor, attorney general and vote on several state questions, and congressional and legislative seats.

This year, The Frontier is partnering with ProPublica on its Electionland project, a collaboration of newsrooms across the nation that aims to cover ballot access and voting issues.

We’re on the lookout for any problems that prevent people from voting — such as long lines, registration problems, purged voter rolls, broken machines, voter intimidation and changed voting locations. To let us know how your voting experience went or to tell us if you encountered anything that stopped you or others from casting a ballot, here’s how to sign up.

You brush up on the races and find our coverage of the 2018 elections here.

Here are your statewide candidates.








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Local candidates

For a list of your local candidates by county, go here.  You can also find your precinct’s sample ballot on this page. 

Important dates

The last day to register to vote is Oct. 12.
How do I check if I’m registered to vote?

To confirm you’re registered to vote, you can check with the Oklahoma State Election Board here. All you need is your first and last name, and your date of birth.

How do I register to vote?

Oklahomans can fill out a voter registration application form in person at their county election board, post offices, tag agencies, libraries and several other public locations. You may also print out this form and mail it in to the state election board.

You can’t register to vote online in Oklahoma, but you can update your voter registration or change your party affiliation here. You’ll need your driver’s license number or the last four digits of your social security number.

By updating your voter registration, you can change your address if it’s in the same county your registered in. Otherwise, you’ll need to fill out this form.

The deadline to request an absentee ballot is 5 p.m. on Oct. 31. 

How do I request a ballot by mail?

Any registered voter can request a ballot by mail, and you don’t have to give a reason for voting absentee. You can print out and send in an absentee ballot here or you can fill out an application online.

Once you get your ballot, you must mail it to your county election board. It must be received by 7 p.m. on election day.

You may also cast an in-person absentee ballot at your county election board from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. on the Thursday and Friday before the election. In state and federal election only, you may submit your ballot from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on the Saturday before the election.

Early voting starts Nov. 1 and ends Nov. 3.

Where can I vote early?

You can vote early at your county election board office. A few counties also have satellite locations where you can cast your ballot. Anyone registered to vote may vote early.

Early voting runs from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Nov. 1 and Nov. 2, and Nov. 3 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Election day is Nov. 6. 

It’s important you know where to go to vote. Your polling place on election day won’t be the same as early voting locations. Find your polling place here.

What kind of ID do I need to bring to vote?

Oklahoma laws requires voters to bring some type of proof of identity before they can receive their ballot. There are free forms of ID you can use:

– Photo identification: This can include driver’s licenses, U.S military IDs that include a photo and U.S. passports.

– County Election Board Identification Card: Voters may use the free voter identification card they receive in the mail from the county election board.

– Affidavit with provisional ballot: If you do not have proof of identity, you may vote with a provisional ballot and prove your identity by signing a sworn affidavit.

Other things to know before you vote 

Can I take a selfie with my ballot?

No. Oklahoma law forbids voters from showing their ballots to others, telling others how they voted or showing ballots to others while in a polling place. Gov. Mary Fallin vetoed a bill earlier this year that would allow voters to take selfies with their ballots and post them on social media.

Can I wear my campaign gear?

No. Electioneering — campaigning, advocating or advertising — within 300 feet of a polling place is illegal in Oklahoma. (This includes T-shirts and hats.) State law also prohibits any printed material within 300 feet of a polling place.

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Kassie McClung

Staff writer

Kassie McClung joined The Frontier in May 2016. She reports on health, criminal justice and other state issues. Kassie holds a bachelors degree in multimedia journalism from Oklahoma State University. She likes dogs, maps and data. She can be reached at Kassie@readfrontier.com or 918-935-1044. Follow her on Twitter @KassieMcClung.
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