Vote While Avoiding Covid 19 Virus: Apply for Absentee Ballot

As we all work to avoid getting the Covid 19 virus, OKCMAR is reminding our members that applying for an absentee ballot is an easy way avoid the exposure. You can sign up for an absentee ballot on the voter portal. For the June 30th Primary, you have until Tuesday, June 23rd to submit your application.

By getting an absentee ballot you avoid having to go to a polling place and risking possible exposure to the Covid 19 virus.

How to Apply

Applications for absentee ballots must be made in writing or using the Oklahoma State Election Board’s Online Absentee Voting Application. Absentee ballot application forms are available from all county election boards and from the State Election Board. Or, download a form.

You are not required to use the form, however. You may write a letter to your county election board to apply for absentee ballots.  The letter must contain the following information:

  • Your name
  • Your birthdate
  • The address at which you are registered to vote
  • The election or elections for which you are requesting ballots
  • The address to which the ballots should be mailed
  • Your signature

You may apply for absentee ballots for one election, for several elections or for all elections in which you are eligible to vote during the calendar year in which the application is submitted.

Your absentee ballot application must be returned to the county election board by mail, fax, or delivered personally to the county election board office. (You may not deliver an application for another person, however. It’s the law.) You may also scan your signed application and e-mail it to your county election board, as well as send a telegram.  

The deadline to apply for an absentee ballot to be mailed to you is always 5 p.m. on the Tuesday preceding the election. For the upcoming June 30th election, your application must be in your county election board by 5pm on June 23rd.


Returning Your Ballot

If your absentee ballot is mailed to you, you must return it to the county election board by mail. An absentee ballot must be received by the county election board before 7 p.m. on election day to be counted. Absentee ballots can also be delivered in-person to your county election board during regular business hours. Ballots delivered by hand must be returned no later than the end of business hours on the day before the election. Only standard absentee ballots may be returned in-person.

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