FOX23 Investigates: Concerns about ‘double voting’ in upcoming election

TULSA, Okla. — The Oklahoma State Election Board told FOX23 they have protocols in place to prevent “double voting" in the upcoming election in November.

Double voting could happen in a situation where a person uses an absentee ballot to vote, but also tries to vote in person on election day.

The State Election Board secretary says sometimes voters choose to lie and try to vote both ways -- and they get caught in just about every election.

Poll workers can see a notation next to a voter’s name to tell them that the person had received a mail-in ballot. That person is then required to sign a document swearing they hadn’t mailed in their ballot before they can be allowed to vote in person.

Double voting can result in a felony if the district attorney files charges.

The Tulsa County District Attorney’s Office told FOX23 they’ve prosecuted 21 people for illegally voting since 2016.

Find more coverage and voting resources for the 2020 election here.