Things voters should know
It's voting time
Early voting begins Thursday in each Oklahoma county. Voters can cast an in-person absentee ballot at their local county election board to avoid the lines on Election Day. Here's the information:
Thursday and Friday
8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Oklahoma County Election Board
(for voters in Oklahoma County only)
4201 N. Lincoln Blvd.
You can only vote early at the election board in the county in which you reside. For more information, and to find your Election Day polling location, visit www.ok.gov/elections.
What's on the ballot?
This is a primary election, meaning parties will be able to whittle down the list of candidates before the general election in November. Several races, including the governor's race, could lead to a runoff election because there are so many candidates vying for the nomination. The runoff election is Aug. 28.
Voters will also be able to decide whether Oklahoma should allow medical marijuana. After years of trying to get on a ballot, supporters of State Question 788 will be able to have their say. In recent weeks, however, an opposition campaign has appeared to encourage Oklahomans to reject the proposal.
New governor, new Legislature
This year's contests will see the election of a new governor, lieutenant governor, several other statewide officials and at least 42 new legislators.
They have to get through a primary election first, however, meaning that members of their political party have to select them as a nominee. Independent voters can vote in the Democratic Party primary, but the Republican and Libertarian parties have closed primaries and only allowed registered voters of their party pick candidates.
But wait, I'm not registered!
If you're not registered to vote, it's too late to participate in the primary. However, you can register by Aug. 3 to cast a ballot in the primary runoff election. Several races are expected to end in a runoff, including the Republican nomination for governor.
To check your registration status or become an Oklahoma registered voter, visit the State Election Board's website.