Early Voting Begins Thursday for the June 18 Primary Election

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(Oklahoma City) – Early voting for the June 18 Primary Election begins Thursday at 8 a.m. for voters across the state. Early voting, officially known as in-person absentee voting, will be held Thursday, June 13 and Friday, June 14 from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday, June 15 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. A list of early voting locations is available on the State Election Board website. Voters must vote in the county where they are registered to vote.

CLOSED PRIMARIES

Voters are reminded that Oklahoma has modified, closed primaries. Not every voter in every precinct will have an election in June.

In order to participate in a party’s primary election, you must be a registered voter of that party – unless the party chooses to open its primaries to Independents (unaffiliated voters). There are three recognized political parties in Oklahoma: Republican, Democratic, and Libertarian.

For the 2024-2025 election years, the Democratic Party has chosen to open its primaries to Independent voters. The Republican and Libertarian parties have chosen to keep their primaries closed.

Independent voters who wish to participate in the Democratic Primary, must request a Democratic Primary ballot from election workers. Independent voters may not vote a Republican Primary ballot or Libertarian Primary ballot.

HOW PRIMARIES WORK

A primary election is held if more than one candidate from the same recognized political party files for a single office. Candidates who receive the majority of the votes cast for their office in their respective party’s primary election will advance to the general election on November 5. If more than two candidates file, and no candidate receives a majority of the votes, the two candidates receiving the highest number of votes will advance to the runoff primary election on August 27.

If candidates from only one recognized political party file for an office, the elected official will be chosen during the primary election or runoff primary election. (Primary election laws apply.) A general election will not be held.

NONPARTISAN ELECTIONS

Some voters may have nonpartisan elections on the ballot. All voters, regardless of party affiliation, may participate in nonpartisan elections. Voters should be sure to check the OK Voter Portal or the election list for nonpartisan elections and/or propositions in their precinct. (Voters do not have to participate in a primary election in order to vote a nonpartisan ballot.) A link to the OK Voter Portal and the election list are available on the State Election Board website.

Voters with questions should contact their County Election Board or the State Election Board at (405) 521-2391 or info@elections.ok.gov for more information.

 

URL GUIDE: Early Voting Locations: https://hosting.okelections.us/earlyvote.html Primary Election: https://oklahoma.gov/elections/elections-results/primary-and-runoff-primary-elections.html
General Election: https://oklahoma.gov/elections/elections-results/general-elections.html
Runoff Primary Election: https://oklahoma.gov/elections/elections-results/primary-and-runoff-primary-elections.html
Oklahoma Voter Portal: https://oklahoma.gov/elections/ovp.html
Election List: https://hosting.okelections.us/electionlist.html
County Election Board: https://oklahoma.gov/elections/about-us/county-election-boards.html
State Election Board: https://oklahoma.gov/elections/about-us/contact-us.html

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