The Logan County Election Board announced that Friday, Aug. 16 is the last day to apply for voter registration in order to be eligible to vote in the Sept. 10 Cashion School District bond election and Luther School District Special Election. Any United States citizen residing in Oklahoma who is at least 18 years old, may apply to become a registered voter.
Those who aren’t 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, Aug. 16. Applications postmarked after that time will be accepted and processed, but not until after Sept. 10.
The County Election Board responds in writing to every person who applies 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 reason or reasons the application for voter registration was not approved.
Logan County Election Secretary Shellen Winscott 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 County Election Board office located at 224 E. Vilas Ave., Guthrie, OK 73044, and at most post offices, tag agencies and public libraries in the county. Applications are also available at www.elections.ok.gov.
The Oklahoma State Election Board has also been sending out State of Oklahoma Voter Address Confirmation cards in the mail. The address confirmation forms are sent to some registered voters to help verify and update voter registration records. Federal and state laws require them to send these cards every two years. The information cannot be done over the phone but can be done online. The law requires the voter return the card by regular mail, deliver it in person to the voter’s County Election Board office, or verify their address online using the Online Voter Tool. Not all voters are receiving the notifications.
Voters who fall into one of five categories will receive a notice. The categories are: voter has not voted since before the 2016 general election, voter has the same last name, first initial, and birth date as another voter in the state, first-class mailing sent to voter since January 1, 2017, was returned by the post office as undeliverable, voter surrendered Oklahoma driver license in another state, and voter may have registered to vote in another state.
The law requires a voter’s registration become inactive if the notice is not returned within 60 days. The law requires the Election Board to cancel the voter registration of an inactive voter who (1) does not initiate a voter registration change or (2) does not vote in an election conducted by a county election board by the date of the second general election for federal office following the date of the confirmation mailing. Since the notices are being done in 2019, any voter who does not respond to the address confirmation notice, that voter’s registration is required by law to be canceled following the 2022 general election unless the voter reactivates the voter registration by voting or by initiating a voter registration change.
To see all the facts about the address confirmation, see your local election office or visit www.elections.ok.gov.