OKLAHOMA CITY, OK – The Oklahoma State Election Board launched a new system Wednesday which will allow voters to request absentee ballots through the board’s website at elections.ok.gov.
The new online form lets registered voters submit their request electronically without having to fill out a printed form.
“Voting by mail is a convenient way to cast your ballot in Oklahoma without having to worry about lines on Election Day,” Oklahoma State Election Board Secretary Paul Ziriax said. “This new system will make voting by mail easier than ever by letting voters request an absentee ballot with the click of a mouse.”
Voters can continue to request absentee ballots by filling out a printed form or sending a letter with the required information by mail, fax or e-mail or by delivering it in person.
Ziriax said the new system is convenient and secure and reminded voters that it is a felony to submit a false or fraudulent absentee ballot application.
All registered voters can vote by mail. It allows people to receive their ballots in their mailbox, usually at least a month before the election. Voters can fill out their ballots on their own time, have them notarized and mail them back when they are ready.
Absentee voting is also a great way to make sure you never miss an election. Voters can request to vote by mail for every election in a calendar year. Ballots for each election the voter is eligible to vote in will be mailed to them automatically.
Voters can also track their absentee ballots using the Oklahoma State Election Board’s Online Voter Tool.
Although any registered voter can vote by mail, the process is even easier for those with special conditions, such as military voters and those who are physically incapacitated or who care for a physically incapacitated person.
To learn more about voting by mail or to request your absentee ballot, visit the State Election Board’s website: elections.ok.gov.
The deadline to apply for an absentee ballot for the March 1 Presidential Preferential Primary Election is 5 p.m. Wednesday, February 24. You can find more information about the candidates on FortySix News 2016 Elections page.