OKLAHOMA CITY, OK – Oklahoma voters have until Wednesday, Feb. 24 to request a mail absentee ballot for the March 1 Presidential Preferential Primary Election, Oklahoma State Election Board Secretary Paul Ziriax said.
Voters can apply for absentee ballots on the Oklahoma State Election Board’s website at elections.ok.gov. Forms can also be downloaded from the site or picked up at any of the state’s 77 county election boards.
Completed absentee ballots must be received by mail at county election boards by 7 p.m. on Election Day, March 1.
In-person absentee voting also begins this week. Those who want to vote early in person can do so Thursday, Friday or Saturday. In-person voting will be available at all 77 county election boards. Voters in Tulsa County can also vote early at Hardesty Library, 8316 E 93 in Tulsa. Cleveland County voters can vote at a second early voting location at Moore Norman Technology Center’s campus at SW 134 and Penn.
Early voting will be available from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday and Friday and from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday.
Republican and Democratic candidates for president will be on the ballot statewide. For the first time, Independents will be able to vote in a Democratic primary. The Democratic Party chose to open its primaries to Independent voters in 2016 and 2017. The Republican Party declined to let Independent voters participate in its primaries.
Voters in some counties will also have local elections on the ballot. You can view a sample ballot or check the status of your absentee ballot by using the Online Voter Tool at elections.ok.gov.
You can find more information about the candidates on FortySix News 2016 Elections page.