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November 1, 2012

ID required to vote in election

NORMAN — Oklahoma’s proof of identity law was approved by voters in 2010. It passed with 74 percent of votes cast. The law requires every voter who votes in person at the precinct polling place or during early voting at the County Election Board to show proof of identity before receiving a ballot.

Voters may use the voter identification card they received by mail from the County Election Board when they registered to vote. In this case, the ID will not have a photo.

Other documents approved to use for proof of identity for voting must have been issued by the United States government, the state of Oklahoma or a federally recognized tribal government and it must contain the name of the person, a photograph and an expiration date that’s later than the date of the election.

The law also requires the voter’s name ID to match the name in the Precinct Registry. People who have had a name change, such as in the case of marriage, should complete the form for a name change at the county election board office.

The following documents may be used for proof of identity for voting:

· Oklahoma driver’s license

· State Identification Card

· Passport

· Military identification

A State Identification card issued to a person 65 years or older does not have an expiration date but is, by law, a valid proof of identity for voting.

If a voter does not have or refuses to show proof of identity, the voter may vote by provisional ballot. Voters who cast provisional ballots are required to fill out and sign an affidavit that explains why the provisional ballot should be counted.

Provisional ballots are sealed inside special envelopes and are not put through the voting device. After election day, County Election Board officials will investigate the information provided by the voter on the affidavit and will either approve the provisional ballot for counting or will reject it based on the outcome of that investigation.

In order for a provisional ballot to be approved for counting, the information on the affidavit must match the information in the voter’s registration record.

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