Election Board, OKC Thunder working to build 2020 electorate
Officials expect more people to vote by mail than ever before as the Oklahoma State Election Board works to hold an election under the conditions of a pandemic. The Election Board is encouraging people to request absentee ballots now if they have concerns about in-person voting because of the coronavirus pandemic.
The easiest way is to apply for an absentee ballot is at the Election Boards website at elections.ok.gov. Oklahoma requires that absentee ballots be received by the county election board no later than 7 p.m. on Election Day (Nov. 3).
Oklahoma voters will need to verify their absentee ballots for the election by either having them notarized or by attaching a copy of their valid ID. For more information about absentee voting in Oklahoma, visit elections.ok.gov.
The Oklahoma City Thunder are hoping to grow the electorate in their own way by hosting a Thunder Voter Registration Drive on each Saturday through Oct. 4 at Chesapeake Energy Arena.
“Voting is an absolute cornerstone of our democracy and the Thunder are proud to help spread the message of the importance of registering and voting,” said Christine Berney, vice president of community relations.
Berney said Thunder Vote is a multi-faceted and sustainable initiative to promote voting. Its emphasis is to register all eligible Oklahoma citizens to vote, educate themselves on candidates and issues, and then cast their ballots via in-person or early and mail-in absentee voting.