The deadline is fast approaching if you need to apply for voter registration in order to be eligible to vote in the Guthrie, Crescent, Luther, and Wellston School District’s Feb. 11 Annual School Election.
Logan County Election Board Secretary Erin Dorio said, “Friday Jan. 17 is the last day to register for this election. If you are United States citizen, a resident of Oklahoma, and at least 18 years old, you may apply to become a registered voter.”
Persons who have never been registered to vote before or who are not currently registered in Logan County need to fill out a change form with the election office so that they are registered locally. This process may also be done by mail by filling out and mailing an Oklahoma Voter Registration Application form in time for it to be postmarked no later than midnight Friday, Jan. 17.
Dorio said that applications postmarked after that time still will be accepted and processed, but the applications will not be approved until after Feb. 11.
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 reason or reasons the application for voter registration was not approved. Dorio 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, and at most post offices, tag agencies, and public libraries in the county. Dorio said that applications also are available on the Internet at www.elections.ok.gov.
With local elections coming up Dorio is reminding Logan County voters, “Voters names on your proof of identity must match your name in the Precinct Registry. Voters whose names have changed due to marriage or divorce and voters who may have registered to vote under a nickname or a variation of their full legal name may encounter difficulties. Voters who don’t have proof of identity, or whose name on the voter registration record does not match the name on their proof of identity, will have to vote by provisional ballot.”
Dorio said, “I want to encourage all registered voters in Logan County to verify that they have registered to vote using the same name that appears on their driver license or other primary form of identification.” In order to verify voter registration information, voters may contact the Logan County Election Board at 405-282-1900, or they may visit the State Election Board Polling Place Locator website: www.ok.gov/elections/ppl/index.php and enter the information requested. The voter’s name will display as it appears in the voter registration database.
Any voter who wants to change his or her name on their voter registration record must fill out and mail a new Oklahoma Voter Registration Application form. The form is available online at www.elections.ok.gov, at all tag agencies, and at most libraries and post offices in Oklahoma. Voter registration applications may be submitted at any time, but must be received by election officials at least 24 days before an election for the change to be in effect for the election.