January 7, 2014
New Oklahoma law changes ‘early’ voting to the prior Thursday and Friday; affects Jan. 14 special elections.
A new law which took effect on Nov. 1, 2013, changes the dates and times voters have come to expect for early voting in Oklahoma. Now, early voting begins a day earlier, on Thursday, and continues on Friday, Jackson County Election Board Secretary Jennifer Wilson said today. Of special note, all early voting on Monday is discontinued.
These changes have occurred due to the approval of SB 869, which was signed into law in May, 2013. As a result, Thursday, Jan. 9, is the first day for in-person absentee aka “early” voting, in the Jan. 14 Special Elections, Wilson explained.
To recap, the changes which became effective on Nov. 1, 2013:
In-person absentee “early” voting now occurs from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Thursday and Friday preceding all elections. Previously, early voting began on Friday and continued on Monday.
Under the new statute, Monday voting is discontinued entirely.
More information about absentee voting in Oklahoma, as well as other election-related information, is available at www.elections.ok.gov.