Make your voice heard: Vote absentee!

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To help Oklahomans understand the processes of Oklahoma’s absentee voter process, OK Policy and Together Oklahoma have developed this overview for the Nov. 8, 2022 general election.

  • Absentee voting allows you to vote in an election before election day. You can vote early in-person or receive and fill your ballot through the mail.
  • Anyone registered to vote in Oklahoma can vote absentee for any election for any reason.
  • To receive an absentee ballot by mail, you can request one online through the OK Voter Portal or through a physical application to be mailed or handed in to your County Election Board.
  • The deadline for your local Election Board to receive a completed absentee ballot request for the upcoming general election (Nov. 8) is 5 p.m., Monday October 24, 2022.
  • When applying for an absentee ballot, you must provide an identification number that matches your voter registration records. This will be an Oklahoma’s driver’s license number, State ID number, or the last four digits of your social security number. If you are unsure which you used, provide both numbers.
  • You must get your absentee ballot (not application) notarized. Under Oklahoma law, you cannot be charged for this service. Many banks, libraries, and government offices offer notary services.
  • You can still vote in person if you apply to vote absentee, as long as you don’t send in your absentee ballot. You will be required to sign an affidavit certifying that you have not sent it in.
  • Any completed absentee ballots received after 7 p.m. on Election Day will not be counted.
  • Don’t wait until the last minute to mail your ballot application request or return your completed ballot. Send them as early as possible!


Can Handle My Ballot

Cannot Handle My Ballot

My assistant or agent, as defined by law, if I am physically incapacitated

An employee or family member of someone whose name appears on the ballot

Absentee voting board member

Non-authorized public employee

Employee of the Federal Voting Assistance Program, Department of Defense, or Oklahoma National Guard if I am a uniformed-service voter

My spouse, first-, or second-degree relative forwarding me my ballot when I am away from home

My friend, distant relative, roommate, or non-married significant other.

My spouse with my consent, can mail in my ballot

My spouse without my consent

An election official on official action

Helpful absentee voting links from the Oklahoma Election Board


Cole Allen joined OK Policy as a Policy Fellow in August 2022. He graduated from the University of Oklahoma with a master’s degree in International Studies as well as a bachelor’s degree in International Studies with minors in Religious Studies and Middle Eastern Studies. During college, Cole was a research assistant at the Center for U.S.-China Issues and the Center for Cyber Governance and Policy. He also interned for the U.S. Department of State Diplomat in Residence for the Central United States. Cole hopes that his work at OK Policy will help make Oklahoma a more just and equitable state for all its residents. When he is not working, Cole enjoys cooking Italian food, playing Dungeons and Dragons, and following OU athletics.

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