Oklahoma’s Voter ID law took effect July 1, 2011. All voters are now required to produce proof of identity before casting a ballot whether voting at a regular polling place or voting early at the County Election Board.
Acceptable identification includes documents issued by the federal, state (of Oklahoma) or a tribal government that includes the voter’s name, photograph, and an expiration date that is after the date of the election in which the voter is attempting to vote. Voters also may use a voter identification card or a temporary voter identification document issued by the County Election Board.
The following ID will be accepted:
- A valid driver’s license with an expiration date later than the day of the election.
- An identification card issued by the state of Oklahoma, which is not a driver’s license, with an expiration date that is later than the day of the election; persons 65 or older are not required to have an expiration date on their state identification card.
- A tribal government ID, with a photo and expiration date later than the date of the election.
- A military/uniformed services ID, with a photo and expiration date later than the date of the election.
- A United States passport with an expiration date later than the date of the election.
- A voter registration card or a temporary voter registration document – the only forms of ID without a photo that will be accepted. A voter registration card does not have an expiration date. However, the temporary voter ID does have an expiration date and that date must be after the election.
Don’t have ID? Ask for a provisional ballot!
It will take time to do the paperwork, but the Tulsa County Election Board says your vote will be counted if the name on the affidavit that accompanies the provisional ballot substantially conforms to the name on the voter rolls. Be sure the name you put on the affidavit matches the name you used to register to vote. In other words if you were recently married but registered to vote using your maiden name, be sure to put your maiden name on the paperwork that accompanies the provisional ballot.