Deadline to change party affiliation approaching

Staff reports

Oklahomans who want to elect the nominee of a political party in the Primary or Runoff Primary Elections later this year should make sure they are registered in that party no later than Thursday, March 31, according to Jennifer L. Wilson, Secretary of the Jackson County Election Board.

Changes of political affiliation are prohibited by law during the period beginning April 1 and continuing through Aug. 31 in even-numbered years, Wilson said.

Each political party can nominate one candidate per office for the November General Election. If two or more candidates from the same party file for one office, the party nominee is selected at either the Primary or Runoff Primary Election.

Only voters registered in a political party can vote to select that party’s nominees. The Democratic Party will permit registered voters designated as Independents to vote in any Democratic Primary Election or Runoff Primary Election during calendar years 2016 and 2017. A voter registered as Independent may request to vote a Democratic ballot. A voter registered as Independent may not vote a Republican ballot. Oklahoma has two recognized political parties in 2016, Republican and Democrat.

All registered voters, regardless of political affiliation, can vote for any candidate at the November General Election and for state or local questions at any election.

Applications to register to vote or to change political affiliation are available at the Jackson County Election Board office, 101 N. Main St., Rm# 105 in Altus, post offices, public libraries, state offices providing public assistance and at most political party and candidate campaign offices.

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