The last day to apply for voter registration in order to be eligible to vote in the Nov. 8 General Election is Friday, Oct. 14, Carter County Election Board Secretary Diane Hall said.
On Monday, Hall said that persons who are United States citizens, residents of Oklahoma and at least 18 years old may apply to become registered voters. As of Monday morning, the election board was seven people shy of having a total of 30,000 voters registered in the county.
“We’ve had tons, tons of new ones,” Hall said, looking at the number of voters since the beginning of the year.
At the beginning of the year there 28,190 voters registered, with 188 new voters registering just in the month of January, she said. By May, the number jumped to 29,431 and by Sept. 1 there were 29,444.
While the number is increasing as it gets closer to Election Day, Hall said they also have people that have died or moved out of the county or state.
Those who are not 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, Oct. 14.
Hall said applications postmarked after that time will be accepted and processed, but not until after Nov. 8, 2016.
The county election board responds in writing to every person who submits an application for voter registration. The response is either a voter identification card listing the new voter’s precinct number and polling place location or a letter that explains the person who has submitted a voter registration was not approved.
Hall said any person who has submitted a voter registration application and who has not received a response within 30 days should contact the county election board office.
Oklahoma voter registration application forms are available at the Carter County Election Board Office, 106 Hinkle St., and at most post offices, tag agencies and public libraries in the county. Applications are also available online at www.elections.ok.gov.
Registered voters can also pick up sample ballots based on their voting precinct at the county election board for the upcoming election. Individuals will received different ballots depending on the precinct they are registered to vote in.
For example, those registered to vote in Precinct 41 in Healdton will receive a ballot regarding a proposition for a city excise tax of one-half of one percent, while others may receive ballots allowing them to vote for a District Two Carter County Commissioner candidate or State Representative in District 49.
Hall said sample ballots are also available online on the Oklahoma State Election Board website by clicking on the Online Voter Tool and viewing sample ballots. Those registered can then type in their name and date of birth and the tool will show which sample ballots you can view to prepare for Election Day.
“Just to be familiar with it on Election Day,” Hall said regarding it’s usefulness. “There’s seven state questions so if you have to sit there and wait and read all those questions and think about how you’re going to answer them it’ll take forever.”
Hall added, the sample ballots give voters a chance to research the issues and candidates ahead of time and go in prepared to vote.