Oklahoma ID requirements for voting by mail

COVID-19 Advisory: Regarding the August 25 runoff election: For standard absentee ballot affidavits (yellow stripe), the affidavit may be notarized OR the voter may submit a copy of a valid ID. For “physically incapacitated” absentee ballot affidavits (pink stripe) or caretaker absentee ballot affidavits (pink stripe), the affidavit may be witnessed by two people OR the voter may submit a copy of a valid ID. Find more information including what IDs are acceptable. The deadline to request an absentee ballot is August 18, 2020. The ballot must be received by the Board of Elections no later than 7:00 pm on Election Day to be counted.

Who is eligible to request an absentee ballot and vote by mail?

Any registered Oklahoma voter can vote absentee. No excuse is necessary.

First-time voters

When you register to vote or vote for the first time in a federal election in your state, you must prove who you are:
  • If you register to vote in person, you must show a driver’s license, state ID, or provide the last 4 digits of your social security number (SSN), if you have one.
  • If you registered by mail and did not include your state’s driver’s license number or the last 4 digits of your SSN, you must show an acceptable form of ID (see below) at your polling place.
  • If you apply for an absentee/vote by mail ballot and did not include your state’s driver’s license number or the last 4 digits of your SSN when you registered by mail, you must include a copy of an acceptable ID (see below).

Here is a list of acceptable IDs: Documents that prove who you are

Your state may have other ID requirements for voting in person or for absentee/vote by mail ballot.

Do you need to submit ID with your absentee ballot request?

No. Unless you are a first-time voter – see section above.

Do you need to submit ID with your ballot?

No, but you must sign an absentee ballot affidavit, which must be notarized.

Physically incapacitated voters and voters who care for physically incapacitated persons who cannot be left alone are not required to have their signatures on the absentee affidavits notarized. They are required to have their signatures witnessed by two people.

Last update: April 15, 2020

Hannah Piercey

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