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November 5, 2012

Voters must show ID

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 Cleveland 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 person’s name and photograph and an expiration date that’s later than the election date.

The law also requires the voter’s name ID to match the name in the precinct registry. People who have had a name change should complete the form for a name change at the 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 of age 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.

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