It’s election season – make sure you are registered to vote!
We are less than a month away from Election Day, which means NOW is the time to make a plan to vote. Here are a few ways that you can get ready to make your voice heard on these important local, state and national elections:
- Take 60 seconds to confirm your registration using the Oklahoma State Election Board’s OK Voter Portal, especially if you have recently moved, changed your name, or haven’t voted in a while.
- If you AREN’T registered or need to update your information, complete your voter registration form here. Make sure to print, sign, and mail the application to your County Election Board by Friday, Oct. 9 to complete the process. (Pro tip: Do you have a child who just turned 18? Make sure they have also registered to vote in this important election.)
- Once you register, make a plan to vote either in person or by mail. You can request your absentee ballot to be mailed to your house. While the deadline to request your ballot is Tuesday, Oct. 27 at 5 p.m., it is recommended that you request and return your ballot as soon as possible. You can also vote early at the County Election Board office in the county where you are registered to vote from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Thursday and Friday and from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. on Saturday before the Nov. 3 election.
- Research what will appear on the ballot in your county so you can cast an informed vote. View the list of elections for Oklahoma, Canadian, Cleveland and Pottawatomie counties, and use the nonpartisan election guide from the Oklahoma League of Women Voters to help you examine the issues. You can also view a sample ballot using the OK Voter Portal.
- If you want to better understand the election process and support the power of democracy, consider volunteering as a poll worker. Polling locations on Election Day are staffed by volunteers who are registered to vote in the county in which they will serve. Contact your County Election Board for more information on how to apply.
The most important thing is to make your voice heard by voting; whether voting by absentee ballot, early or in person on Nov. 3. Set yourself some calendar reminders to make sure you stay on top of all these important dates.