If you're a registered voter in the Oklahoma City metro area, you will have received a voter identification card that contains information on where to vote for local, county, state, and national elections. However, if you have lost that card and don't know where to vote, here is information to help you to find your polling place.
Open Hours and Rules
First, understand that you can only vote in your county of residence. So even if you work or go to school in another county, you still must travel to your designated polling location.
Polling places are open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. You may consider absentee voting, but don't wait until the last minute, as the Oklahoma State Election Board requires absentee voters to apply by 5 p.m. on the Wednesday before the election.
Also, be aware that you don't have to wait until election day to vote at your designated polling location. All of the county election boards noted below allow you to vote there from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Thursday and Friday before the election. If it's a state or federal election, they also open early voting on the Saturday before the election from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Finally, note that the state of Oklahoma now requires proof of identity to vote. The proof of identity law also called the "Voter ID" law, essentially says you must show a document issued by the United States government, the State of Oklahoma, a federally recognized tribal government, or you can use your voter identification card. Without this proof, a voter can still submit a provisional ballot that will either be approved or rejected after election board investigation.
Polling Place Locator
To find out where you vote on election day, use the state's polling place locator online. You must enter your last name, birth date, and zip code. The locator will then bring up your full name with a voter identification number. Click that number to find out where to vote. It will also show information such as precinct number and district numbers for Congress, State Senate, State House, and County Commissioner.
If you have any other questions or problems, contact your county election board. You can also get a new voter identification card there with your precinct's polling location. Here are the boards for residents in the Oklahoma City metro:
- Oklahoma County Election Board, 4201 N. Lincoln Blvd., Oklahoma City, (405) 713-1515
- Logan County Election Board, 224 E. Vilas Ave., Guthrie, (405) 282-1900
- Canadian County Election Board, 200 S. Bickford Ave., El Reno, (405) 422-2422
- Cleveland County Election Board, 641 E. Robinson St., Suite 200, Norman, (405) 366-0210