THE 2022 GENERAL ELECTION WILL BE HELD
TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 8, FROM 7 A.M. TO 7 P.M.
A:The 2022 General Election races are Governor, Lieutenant Governor, Attorney General, Treasurer, Superintendent of Public Instruction, Corporation Commissioner, and Labor Commissioner. State races include even numbered districts in the Oklahoma Senate as well as a number of Oklahoma House seats. Races also include both U.S. Senate seats and all five U.S. Representatives. There are no state questions. Note that nearly 70% of state legislative district seats were uncontested meaning those district seats were determined in the primary election and will not appear on the Nov. 8 ballot. Judicial retention races are four justices of the Supreme Court and five judges from the Oklahoma Court of Civil Appeals. At the county level, races are for assessors, county commissioners, district attorneys, district judges, district associate judges, and treasurers. Across the state, there are other various races.
A: No. You can cast as many or as few votes as you like. If you only vote in one race or on one state question, that vote will still count.
A: Individualized sample ballots are available on the State Election Board website, okvoterportal.okelections.us. County election boards provide sample ballots, too.
A: If a candidate ran unopposed or faced only same-party opposition, he or she has been elected and will not appear on the November 8 ballot. In addition, only half of the Oklahoma Senate’s 48 seats are affected by this year’s elections.
A: All Oklahoma residents who are US citizens, at least 18 years old.
A: On Election Day, you must vote in the precinct where you’re registered. The precinct location is printed on your Voter ID card. To find your polling place, visit the Oklahoma State Election Board website, https://okvoterportal.okelections.us/..
A: Generally speaking, yes. State law requires voters to present a valid photo identification issued by the federal government, the state of Oklahoma, or a federally recognized tribe, such as a driver’s license or passport. You also can present your free Voter Identification Card, which is issued to you by your county election board when you register to vote. If you have no identification, you may cast a provisional ballot accompanied by a sworn affidavit.
A: Yes, but don’t show them to anyone at your polling place or while you are voting. Our “cheat sheet” on inside back cover of this Voter Guide.
A: State law requires Oklahoma employers to provide employees with two hours of time to vote when polls are open on Election Day or on a day on which in-person voting is allowed by law. Some exceptions apply. For more information, visit the State Election Board website at https://oklahoma.gov/elections/voters/time-off-for-voting.html.
A: You can make changes in your voter registration address or political affiliation within the same county online until Fri., Oct. 14. Voters who are already registered can change their address or party affiliation at: https://okvoterportal.okelections.us/. Name changes, changes of address to a new county, and new voter registrations must be submitted via paper forms, which can be filled out electronically at https://okvoterportal.okelections.us/Home/RegWizard. Once completed, the form must be printed, signed, and submitted per the online instructions.
A: No. If you will be away on Election Day from the precinct where you’re registered, you might consider voting by absentee ballot or participating in early voting in the county where you’re registered.
A: Yes. Early voting occurs at your county election board from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Wed., Nov. 2, Thurs., Nov. 3, and Fri., Nov. 4, and 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Sat., Nov. 5. Some counties have second early voting locations. Those can be found at: https://www.ok.gov/elections/Early_Voting.html.
A: Yes. You can request an absentee ballot before 5 p.m. Monday October 24. Requests can be submitted online at https://okvoterportal.okelections.us, downloaded from the state election board website, or obtained from your county election board.
A: Yes. You can mark a place at the top of the ballot to vote for all candidates on the ballot who belong to a single party. However, for nonpartisan races, you must mark your ballot for the candidate of your choice, unless you choose not to vote in a particular race.
A: Distribution dates vary from county to county. Completed ballots must be received by your county election board no later than 7 p.m. on Election Day, Nov. 8. Consider mailing your completed ballot at least 10 days prior to Nov. 8 to ensure delivery in time.
A: Yes, unless you are in the military, residing outside of the country, physically incapacitated, providing care to an incapacitated person, or confined to a nursing home or veterans’ center. You can find information at https://www.ok.gov/elections/Voter_Info/Absentee_Voter_Verification.html. Notaries may not charge a fee to notarize an absentee ballot affidavit.
A: You can change your party affiliation or register as an independent until Friday, October 14. Doing so will not affect your ballot choices on November 8, because the primary election season has passed.
A: Write-in candidates are not counted in Oklahoma elections.
A: The State Election Board website is a good place to start: elections.ok.gov. County election boards also provide election information. You should call the State Election Board at 405-521- 2391 or your county election board. A directory of county election boards is available at https://oklahoma.gov/elections/about-us/ county-election-boards.html.
These national hotlines also might be able to help:
If you are 18 OR OLDER AND A U.S. CITIZEN, YOU CAN VOTE!
In Oklahoma, proof of identity is required for every voter who votes in person at their precinct polling place or during early voting.
Proof of identity is one of the following:
- A document used for proof of identity issued by the U.S. government, the State of Oklahoma, or a federally recognized tribal government.
- Your free Voter Identification Card issued by your county election board.
- Signing a sworn affidavit that accompanies voting by provisional ballot.
- Valid forms of ID can be found at https://oklahoma.gov/elections/voters/proof-ofidentity.html.
Are you a college student?
- Students have a decision about where to register to vote.
- Students have a right to register to vote at the address where they live, whether that is a family’s home or the place where the student attends school.
- Students should update their voter registration anytime their home address changes. Like all voters, students may only be registered and vote in one location.
Are you a current member of the military or dependent of someone in the military?
- Service members, their families, and overseas citizens have differing guidelines. The website www.fvap.gov provides excellent information regarding how to select a registration address.
- Request an absentee ballot at www.fvap.gov/ oklahoma or at the OK Voter Portal at https:// oklahoma.gov/elections/ovp.html.
- Marked ballots must be returned to your county election board by mail or by fax.
- You must submit military and overseas ballots so they arrive at your county election board by 7 p.m. on Election Day.
Are you a convicted felon?
- You are eligible to register to vote if you are a United States citizen, a resident of Oklahoma, and at least 18 years of age. A convicted felon may not register for a period of time equal to the time of the original sentence.
- A convicted felon who has been pardoned may register.
- To register to vote you must fill out a voter registration application form.
- If the court has issued a deferred sentence, you are eligible to vote if all other requirements are met.
Are you part of the address confidentiality program?
- Vote and keep your address confidential.
- Fill out the ACP voter registration packet and mail it to your county election board.
- You must vote absentee. Mail your absentee ballot to the ACP box. The attorney general’s office will forward your absentee ballot. Ballots must be notarized and received by 7 p.m. on Election Day.
Do you have disabilities?
- Vote at your polling place on Election Day or during early voting using a voting device equipped with an audio tactile interface (ATI) that enables you to listen to instructions for using the ATI controllers and an audio version of the ballot to make selections on the ballot, to review all selections and make changes if necessary, and to cast your ballot privately and independently. Your ballot selections are recorded electronically in the device’s memory and included in the results for the precinct. No record exists to tie an individual voter to a specific ATI ballot. Vote at your polling place with the assistance of precinct officials who are trained to offer assistance if you request it.
- For “physically incapacitated” absentee ballot affidavits (pink stripe) or caretaker absentee ballot affidavits (pink stripe), the affidavit may be witnessed by two people instead of notarized.
If you are voting by absentee ballot:
- Applications for absentee ballots must be submitted in writing, or electronically using the Oklahoma State Election Board’s OK Voter Portal at https://www. ok.gov/elections/OVP.html.
- Absentee ballot applications may be mailed, emailed, faxed, or delivered personally by the voter to the country election board. If a voter intends to hand deliver the application, unless the voter is applying to vote by absentee ballot under a special condition, the voter must deliver the application personally and must present appropriate ID at the time of delivery.
- Voters can track their absentee ballots using the Oklahoma State Election Board’s OK Voter Portal. Carefully follow the instructions on your absentee ballot.
- Carefully follow the instructions on your absentee ballot.
Valid IDs include:
- A photo ID issued by the U.S. government, the State of Oklahoma, or a federally recognized tribal government; the ID must have an expiration date after the election date.
- A photo ID issued by the branch of the U.S. armed forces of which you are an active or retired member.
- The free Voter Identification Card mailed to you by your county election board when you registered to vote. You may contact your county election board if you need a new Voter Identification Card.
THE LAST DAY TO REGISTER
is Friday, October 14. You can download a registration form from the State Election Board website or pick one up at your county election board, post offices, tag agencies, libraries, and other public locations. You will need to mail or deliver the completed form to your county election board.
WHAT IF I HAVE PROBLEMS OR WITNESS POSSIBLE VOTER IRREGULARITIES ON ELECTION DAY?