Absentee Ballot FAQ
Below find common questions and answers regarding absentee voting in Oklahoma. If you have any questions, contact CAIR Oklahoma at firstname.lastname@example.org.
What is absentee voting?
Absentee voting is an easy and convenient way to exercise your right to vote. Registered voters simply request an absentee ballot through an application process. Once approved, ballots will be mailed to the voter’s home where s/he can fill it out and return by mail.
Who can vote absentee?
You have a choice to vote in person early, on election day or by absentee ballot. Any Oklahoma voter can vote by absentee ballot, no reason is required.
How do you request an absentee ballot?
Anyone wanting to vote by absentee ballot must submit an Absentee Ballot Application to their county election board by the deadline for each election. This can be done online or by downloading the application and either mailing or delivering the completed form in person. You can find the information online from the Oklahoma Election Board at ok.gov/elections/Voter_Info/Absentee_Voting.
What are the deadlines for applying?
- For the June 30 election, requests must be made by 5 p.m. on June 23 to the county election board.
- For the Aug. 25 election, requests must be made by 5 p.m. on Aug. 18 to the county election board.
- For the Nov. 3 election, requests must be made by 5 p.m. on Oct. 27 to the county election board.
Will I have to request an absentee ballot for every election?
When applying, the voter can either request an absentee ballot only for the next election, or for all remaining elections in that calendar year.
Once I get my ballot in the mail, what do I do?
Simply fill out your ballot with your selections, place it in the ballot envelope and have the affidavit notarized. The affidavit envelope needs to be placed in the OUTER envelope (also provided by the Election Board) and affixed with proper postage (70 cents or two forever stamps). Simply drop it in the mail in time for the Election Board to receive it no later than 7 p.m. on Election Day (NOT just postmarked by Election Day).
Where can I find a notary?
Notaries can be commonly found at such places as tag agencies, photocopy shops, AAA, real estate firms, tax prep firms, insurance agencies and banks. Notaries cannot charge a fee for notarizing a signature on an absentee ballot.
- Special Option for June 30 election ONLY – For the June 30 election, you have the option of skipping the notary process by including a copy of a valid unexpired photo identification issued to you by the U.S. government, state government or a Native Tribe, or a copy of your Voter Identification Card. This photocopy must be attached to your affidavit envelope with tape or staples before being placed in the outer mailing envelope.