Oklahoma voter participation is historically lackluster. We’re lucky if 65% of those registered turnout for the highest profile election – for president. The coronavirus pandemic has created even more hurdles for those who want to exercise their civic duty. In Observercast Episode 34: Let The People Vote, House Democratic Leader Emily Virgin joins us to discuss her interim study that will explore ways to modernize registration and voting and increase turnout.
Important Note: Since our conversation with Rep. Virgin, Gov. Kevin Stitt decided to extend the state’s pandemic-related state of emergency. That means general election absentee ballots do not need to be notarized to be counted – so long as the voter attaches a photocopy of a state-issued ID.
Further, with COVID-19 making in-person voting risky, we want to remind you the deadline to request an absentee ballot is Oct. 27. However, mail-in voters are urged to return their ballot as quickly as possible because of ongoing issues with the U.S. Postal Service. Visit https://www.ok.gov/elections/OVP.html to request an absentee ballot now.