The deadline for new voters to register in order to vote in the June 26 election is June 1.
United States citizens, residents of Oklahoma, and those at least 18 years old may apply to become registered voters. Those who aren’t yet registered or need to change their registration may apply by filling out and mailing an Oklahoma Voter Registration Application form in time for it to be postmarked no later than midnight Friday, June 1. Applications received after that deadline will be processed, but not until after the June 26th election, Hall said.
The Carter County Election Board responds in writing to each application. The response will be either a voter identification card or a letter listing the reason(s) for the application’s denial. Hall said anyone who has submitted an application but has not received a response within 30 days should contact the County Election Board office.
Registration forms are
available from most social service offices, tag agencies, public libraries and post offices. They can also be picked up at the County Election Board office or online at elections.ok.gov.
Primary elections for local and state offices will be held June 26 in Oklahoma.
Voters in Carter County who want to have absentee ballots mailed to them should apply now, according to Carter County Election Board Secretary Diane Hall. The County Election Board can accept applications for absentee ballots until 5 p.m. Wednesday, June 20, however voters are urged to apply early.
Forms for absentee ballots are available at the County Election Board office at 25 A Street NW Suite 100 or online at elections.ok.gov. The form can be downloaded or submitted online. Ballots must be returned to election officials by 7 p.m. on Election Day to be counted.
Any registered voter may vote by absentee ballot in any election in which they are eligible to vote, Hall said.
“A voter must be registered and reside at an address within the geographical boundaries of a school district or municipality to be eligible to vote in school district or municipal elections,” Hall said.
While it is not necessary to give a reason for requesting an absentee ballot, there are many reasons for voters to do so, including planned vacations, medical reasons, etc.
“While anyone can vote absentee without giving a reason, the law still provides several advantages to absentee voters in some categories,” Hall said.
Those who are physically incapacitated and those who care for them can vote absentee. For those confined to nursing homes, an Absentee Voting Board  representative actually goes to the nursing home a few days before the election, sets up a small polling place and allows residents to vote under circumstances similar to those at a regular precinct polling place. Military personnel and residents of the country living overseas and their spouses and dependants may also be eligible to vote absentee. Military personnel should contact the Voting Service Officer in their units for application forms and information or visit the Federal Voting Assistance Program website at fvap.gov/oklahoma. Oklahoma residents living overseas can obtain the same materials from any US military installation and from US Embassies and Consulates.