New Oklahoma law changes ‘early’ voting to the prior Thursday, Friday, and Saturday; affects August Democratic Runoff Primary Election.
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 on Thursday and continues on Friday and Saturday. Jackson Election Board Secretary Jennifer L. Wilson explained today. Of special note, early voting is no longer conducted on Monday.
These changes have occurred due to the approval of SB 869, which was signed into law in May 2013. As a result, Thursday, Aug. 21 is the first day for in-person absentee, aka “early” voting, in the Aug. 26 Democratic Runoff Primary Election, Wilson said.
The new law also adjusts the hours for Saturday in-person absentee voting. Saturday voting now takes place from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. Wilson explained that during federal and state elections such as this one, voter turnout is often heavier and providing early voting on Saturday gives voters an additional opportunity to vote before Election Day.
More information about absentee voting in Oklahoma, as well as election-related information, is available at www.elections.ok.gov.