Oklahoma News Stories
Thursday, 24 May 2012 09:58
DELAWARE COUNTY ELECTION BOARD
May 22, 2012
On July 1, 2011, the "voter ID" law, enacted in 2010 by the overwhelming passage of State Question 746, went into effect.
The law requires all voters to produce a government-issued form of identification to prove their identity before they are allowed to vote. A document used for proof of identity must include your name, which must match your name on your voter registration record, a photograph of you, and an expiration date that is later than Election Day.
"Your name on your proof of identity must match your name in the Precinct Registry," Dixie Smith, Delaware County Election Board Secretary said.
Voters whose full legal name is on both their proof of identity and on their voter registration record should have no problem at the polls. However, voters whose names have changed due to marriage or divorce and voters who may have registered to vote under a nickname or a variation of their full legal name may encounter difficulties.
"Voters who don't have proof of identity, or whose name on the voter registration record does not match the name on their proof of identity, will have to vote by provisional ballot." Smith said.
Smith said, "I want to encourage all registered voters in Delaware County to verify that they have registered to vote using the same name that appears on their driver license or other primary form of identification."
In order to verify voter registration information, voters may contact the Delaware County Election Board at 918-253-8762, or they may visit the State Election Board Polling Place Locator website (http://www.ok.gov/elections/ppl/index.php) and enter the information requested. The voter's name will display as it appears in the voter registration database.
A voter who wants to change his or her name on their voter registration record must fill out and mail a new Oklahoma Voter Registration Application form. The form is available online at www.elections.ok.gov, at all tag agencies, and at most libraries and post offices in Oklahoma. Voter registration applications may be submitted at any time, but must be received at least 24 days before an election for the change to be in effect for the election.