Today is National Voter Registration Day. As National Voter Registration Day reminds us, “60 percent of voters are never asked to register,” but now you don’t have that excuse anymore.
According to the Oklahoma State Election board, about 2.1 million Oklahomans are registered to vote. From Oklahoma’s voting age population (or VAP) of almost 3 million, that comes out to about 69 percent of eligible Oklahoma voters being registered.
National Voter Registration Day is about increasing that number.
Quick and simple, follow this link to receive instructions on how to register in Oklahoma. They’ll ask you to download this form and send it in or bring it to your county election board. If you don’t have a printer, you can pick up the form at “your County Election Board, post offices, tag agencies, libraries and many other public locations.”
To register, you have to be a U.S. citizen and you’ll need an identification number (such as your license or social security number) as well as your current street and mailing addresses.
Registered, but ready?
Far from every registered voter ends up casting a ballot during statewide elections, so the Oklahoma State Election Board encourages currently-registered voters to ensure their information is up-to-date using an online voter registration tool. You can also use the tool to find your polling place and view sample ballots for upcoming elections.
Still, first-time voters will still need to submit a paper application.
Getting registered to vote is only half the battle, however. Knowing when and where to show up is just as important as being registered.
You can always check upcoming elections on the Oklahoma State Election Board website. But an alternative (and better) method of staying up to date is to turn on notifications for the Oklahoma State Election Board’s Twitter.
Trust me, you’ll never miss an election or an important voting update.
On voting day, make sure that you bring proof of identification. And if you’re worried about making it to your polling place, consider getting an absentee ballot. Be aware that you will need to get your absentee ballot notarized by a notary public.
The Oklahoma State Election Board has many voter registration drives in libraries around the state today. They’ll help you through filling out the form and take it with you so you don’t have to mail it. The full list of events is embedded below: