May 17–Elections are quickly coming, and time is counting down for registration.
The next local election is set for June 26; the deadline to register to vote in that election is June 1.
For new voters — 17-year-olds with fall birthdays — they will be eligible to register in September — just in time for the midterm elections in November.
According to usa.gov, in Oklahoma a resident must be 18 on or before the date of the next election to register.
Anyone turning 18 during the 60 days before an election (Sept. 8 through Nov. 6) can register between 25 and 60 days before the election (Sept. 8 through Oct. 12); applicants also must be citizens of the United States and residents of Oklahoma.
A convicted felon may not register for a period equal to the time of the original sentence, the site reads.
“A convicted felon who has been pardoned may register,” according to the website.
Also, persons judged incapacitated by a court may not register to vote.
Though applications can be submitted at any time, voter identification cards cannot be issued during the 24 days before an election.
“If your registration application is received by the county election board during the 24 days before an election, you will not receive your voter identification card until after the election,” the site states.
A resident does not become a registered voter until the county election board has approved the application.
If for some reason a voter registration application is denied, the resident will receive a letter from the county election board.
“The letter will tell you why your application was not approved and explain the steps you need to take to become registered,” the website reads.
Voter registration applications are available at the County Election Board, post offices, tag agencies, libraries and many other public locations.
Along with a Shawnee City Commission Ward seat up for grabs and a Shawnee sales tax proposition, there are races in the county — like an associate district judge and county commissioner district 1.
Several state, legislative and judicial elections are scheduled this year as well, including House of Representatives for this area and Senators in even-numbered districts, along with U.S. Representative.
State Question 788 — the initiative to legalize marijuana — is up for a vote, as well.
Four hundred and seventy seats in the U.S. Congress (35 Senate seats and all 435 House seats) are up for election on Nov. 6. Also, the Pottawatomie and Lincoln County District Attorney seat is up for election.
Closed Primary System
According to ok.gov, Oklahoma has a closed primary system with exceptions. Generally, only voters who are registered members of a recognized political party may vote for the party’s candidates in primary and runoff primary elections, the site reads. However, registered Independent voters may be eligible to vote in party’s primaries and runoff primaries if authorized by the party. The Democratic Party has authorized Independent voters to vote in their primary and runoff elections in 2018 and 2019. Registered Republicans may only vote in Republican primaries and runoffs, Registered Libertarians may only vote in Libertarian primaries and runoffs, and Independents may not vote in Republican or Libertarian primaries and runoffs.
Nonpartisan judicial offices, state questions and county questions often are included in primary elections. All registered voters, including Independents, are entitled to receive those ballots. At general elections, all voters receive the same ballot and may vote for any candidate or question on the ballot.
This article provided by NewsEdge.