Party affiliation change deadline approaching

The deadline for registered voters to change their party affiliation for the upcoming statewide primary and runoff primary elections is Tuesday, state Election Board Secretary Paul Ziriax said.

By statute, changing party affiliation is not allowed from April 1 through Aug. 31. All requests to change party affiliation submitted after Tuesday will be processed Sept. 1.

Voters can change their party affiliation online using the OK Voter Portal at elections.ok.gov or by completing a new Oklahoma Voter Registration Application and mailing it to their county election board. Applications can be downloaded at elections.ok.gov. Applications are also available at county election boards, most tag agencies, post offices and libraries.

Oklahoma has a modified closed primary system. In order to vote in a party’s primary or runoff primary, you must be a registered voter of that party. However, the law allows parties to open its primaries and runoff primaries to independents every two years, by notifying the secretary of the state election board.

The Democratic Party is allowing independent voters to participate in its primaries and runoff primaries in 2020 and 2021. Republican and Libertarian primaries and runoff primaries will remain closed.

For questions, contact Garfield County Election Board at (580) 237-6016 or the state election board at (405) 521-2391 or info@elections.ok.gov.

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