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ID required at polls in Oklahoma

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Updated: 11/05/2012 3:41 pm Published: 11/01/2012 4:15 pm

The State Election Board is reminding voters to take identification to the polls when they go to vote.

State Election Board Secretary Paul Ziriax is reminding voters about Oklahoma’s proof of identity law for voting.

The proof of identity law, often called the “voter ID” law, requires every Oklahoma voter who votes in person at the precinct polling place or during early voting at the County Election Board to show one proof of identity before receiving a ballot.

There are three ways for voters to prove their identity under the law, only one is required:

1.Provide a valid (unexpired) government-issued photo identification

2.Provide the voter identification card issued to a voter by a County Election Board

3.Sign an affidavit and vote a provisional ballot.

Option 1: Photo Identification
A document used for proof of identity for voting must have been issued by the U.S. government, the State of Oklahoma, or a federally recognized tribal government, and contain the following information:

•The name of the person to whom the ID was issued. The name must “substantially conform” to the voter’s name in the Precinct Registry;

•A photograph of the person to whom it was issued; and

•An expiration date that is after the date of the election.

Option 2: Voter ID Card
Instead of a photo ID, voters may use the free voter ID card they received from the County Election Board when they registered to vote, even though it does not include a photograph or an expiration date. Free replacement cards are available from your County Election Board.

Option 3: Provisional Ballot
Voters who do not have identification have the right to vote using a provisional ballot.

Voters who cast a provisional ballot in lieu of providing identification, as described above, are required to fill out and sign an affidavit attesting to their identity. In order for a provisional ballot to be approved for counting, the information on the affidavit must match the information in the voter's official registration record.

Provisional ballots are sealed inside special envelopes and are not put through the voting device. After Election Day, County Election Board officials investigate the information provided by the voter on the affidavit and either will approve the provisional ballot for counting or will reject it based on the outcome of that investigation.

The proof of identity law was on the ballot at the November 2, 2010, General Election, and it was approved by 74% of the votes cast.

Election Day- Polls Open 7am - 7pm

To find the physical address/phone number for your County Election Board, or to identify your precinct polling place, or for more information about voting in Oklahoma, generally, please visit the State Election Board’s website at

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