First Responders and Emergency Workers
A voter who is deployed after 5 p.m. on the third Monday (15 days) prior to an election as a First Responder or Emergency Worker, “to assist with the rescue, recovery, or relief efforts of a declared natural disaster or state of emergency,” may request an Emergency Absentee Ballot from their County Election Board.
Requesting Your Absentee Ballot
First Responder and Emergency Worker absentee ballot requests should be provided to the Secretary of the appropriate County Election Board. No one may request an absentee ballot on your behalf. It is against the law.
The County Election Board can provide a form for First Responders and Emergency Workers to request an Emergency Absentee Ballot.
Effective July 1, 2022 - State law requires voters to provide an identification number that matches the identification number on their voter registration record. To apply for an absentee ballot, you must supply at least one of the following: an Oklahoma driver’s license number, State ID number, or the last four digits of your Social Security number. If you do not know which number you used for your voter registration, it is recommended that you provide more than one valid identification number on your Absentee Ballot Application.
Receiving Your Absentee Ballot
Upon receipt of the required documentation, the County Election Board will issue an Emergency Absentee Ballot to the First Responder or Emergency Worker. The First Responder or Emergency worker must present proof of identity to receive an absentee ballot.
Your Absentee Ballot Packet
Your absentee ballot packet will include absentee ballots, as well as instructions for voting, preparing, and returning an absentee ballot.
Here is a checklist:
- White “Secrecy” Envelope
- Yellow Affidavit Envelope
- Green Return Envelope
- Voting Instructions
Please inspect your packet carefully before voting. If you are missing a ballot, instructions, need a replacement or have questions regarding your packet, please contact your County Election Board directly for assistance.
Voting Your Absentee Ballot
Please read all instructions thoroughly before marking or returning your ballot. Absentee ballot laws are subject to change. Any changes to procedures will be noted in your absentee ballot packet.
Returning Your Absentee Ballot
First Responders or Emergency Workers who request an “emergency” ballot are required to have their absentee ballot affidavit notarized.
First Responders and Emergency Workers who have applied for an Emergency Absentee Ballot must return their own absentee ballot by mail or in person to county election officials. Please be prepared to show proof of identify when returning your ballot in person.
Regardless of the return method, Emergency Absentee Ballots must be received no later than 7 p.m. (CST) on Election Day to be counted.
Tracking Your Absentee Ballot
You can track your absentee ballot using the OK Voter Portal. Once your ballot has been received, the portal will indicate the date of receipt.
Once voter history has been entered into the system after the election, the portal will indicate whether or not your ballot was counted.
NOTE: The OK Voter Portal is a voter information system only, it does not “count” ballots or “tally” votes.