Oklahomans will head to the polls Tuesday to vote in the presidential primary, although early voting starts Thursday.
Oklahoma is one of 14 states having their presidential primaries on the so-called Super Tuesday. More than 1,300 Democrat Party delegates will be determined on Super Tuesday.
Polls will be open 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday, according to Garfield County Election Board, but anyone in line at 7 p.m. will be allowed to cast a ballot. Early voting will be 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday and Friday at the election board, 903 Failing in Enid, as well as 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday.
The ballot for Republican voters in Oklahoma will feature six candidates.
President Donald Trump will be on the ballot, along with Roque Rocky De La Fuente, Bob Ely, Matthew John Matern, Joe Walsh and Zoltan G. Istvan.
Walsh has ended his presidential campaign, but not until after the ballots were printed.
The ballot is much more crowded on the Democrat side, with 14 candidates listed on the ballot, although several of them have suspended their campaigns.
Listed on the ballot are Elizabeth Warren, Cory Booker, Deval Patrick, Marianne Williamson, Joseph R. Biden, Tom Steyer, Amy Klobuchar, Michael Bennet, Bernie Sanders, Julian Castro, Andrew Yang, Pete Buttigieg, Tulsi Gabbard and Michael R. Bloomberg. However, Booker, Patrick, Williamson, Bennet, Castro and Yang have ended their campaigns.
It is important to remember that independent voters can vote in the Democrat primary, while the Republican primary is only for registered Republican voters.
Oklahoma law requires every voter who votes in person at the precinct polling place or during early voting at the county election board to show proof of identity before receiving a ballot.
There are three ways for voters to prove their identity under the law: show a valid photo ID issued by federal, state or tribal government; show a voter identification card; or sign an affidavit and vote a provisional ballot.
If the information on the affidavit matches official voter registration records, the ballot will be counted after election day. One one proof of identity is required.
Anyone who needs to look up their polling place, verify their registration information or view a sample ballot can do so online.
The Online Voter Tool can be accessed on Oklahoma State Election Board’s website at www.elections.ok.gov. Sample ballots also are available at all county election board offices.
This is the beginning of the process for Oklahoma voters to determine who they want to be the next president.
We hope everyone who can turns out to exercise their right to vote.