Independent voters in Oklahoma will be able to vote in some primary elections next year. The Oklahoma State Election Board says the Oklahoma Democratic Party will allow voters with independent affiliations to vote in their Presidential Preferential Primary election on March 3, 2020.
Independent voters will not be able to vote in Republican or Libertarian party primaries.
Oklahoma is a closed-primary state, meaning registered voters with a party affiliation can only vote in that party’s primary elections. A statement from the state election board says state law allows individual parties to accept Independent voters if the board is notified.
Carter County Election Board secretary Diane Hall says voters are allowed to change their affiliation online, at the election board office, or a tag office through March 31, 2020.
No Oklahoma voter may change their party affiliation between April 1 and August 31 of even-numbered years. Any changes made during that time will not be processed until Sept. 1, 2020.
Since the Democratic Party notified the state election board of its open primaries before the Nov. 30 deadline, other parties now have until Sunday to decide if they will follow suit.
The last day to register to vote for the March 3, 2020 primary elections is Feb. 7, 2020.