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Oklahoma Watch

Already one of the most conservative states in the nation, Oklahoma continues to grow redder.

An elections clerk cuts from a strip of "I voted" stickers at a polling place in Oklahoma City, Tuesday, June 28, 2016.
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Friday is the final day to register to vote in Oklahoma before the Nov. 8 general election. It’s also the last day to update registration, or change an address or party affiliation.

Voter registration forms are available at county election board offices, as well as libraries, tag agencies, and post offices. They can also be downloaded from the Election Board’s website. You can also check your party affiliation, polling place, and other registration information.

laptop with Oklahoma State Election Board website
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Oklahoma election officials aren’t worried about a security breach after Yahoo! News broke a story indicating foreign hackers tapped into Arizona and Illinois online voter registration systems this summer.

The State Election Board says it hasn’t been contacted by the federal government about security issues after the FBI raised concerns about the security of state election systems. The FBI’s Cyber Division issued a “flash” alert saying hackers could disrupt November’s elections.

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Registered independents continue to be the fastest growing group of Oklahoma voters.

The State Election Board released figures Friday showing the number of registered Republicans and independents increased over the past two years, while the number of Democrats fell by about 6 percent.

“What we’ve seen over the past two years is that in terms of the net increase of voters, independents actually have the most, at a little over 28,000,” said state Election Board Secretary Paul Ziriax.

AG: Electronic Voter Registration Signatures Improper

Oct 3, 2014
I Voted Sticker
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A recent Attorney General’s Office opinion has deemed electronic signatures on voter registration applications invalid.

The technology, called the Allpoint Pen, allows someone to use their finger on an electronic tablet or a computer’s mouse to sign their name, State Election Board Secretary Paul Ziriax explained.

The device then mimics the person’s signature and places it on a document, in this case a voter registration application.

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The names of Democratic candidates will appear first on the ballot in November's general election in Oklahoma.

Oklahoma Election Board Secretary Paul Ziriax announced the ballot order Tuesday following the results of a drawing held at the state Capitol. State law requires the selection process be held every two years to determine the order of the party candidates on the ballot. Representatives from both parties observed the drawing at the Oklahoma Election Board's office.

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Results from state and federal elections dating back to statehood are now available on the State Election Board website, Secretary Paul Ziriax announced Thursday.

The website previously included results from recent elections, but the discovery of electronic files including detailed results from older elections allowed for the archive to be completed.

Sample ballots for the June 24 elections in Oklahoma County.
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Oklahoma residents who want to vote in the June 24 primary election have until Friday to register.

Voter registration forms are available at each county election board, post offices, tag agencies and libraries, or can be downloaded from the Oklahoma State Election Board website.

Residents who wish to vote must either register in person or have their applications postmarked before Friday's deadline.

Oklahoma has a closed primary system, where Republicans and Democrats can only vote for candidates of their particular party.

Sample ballots for the June 24 elections in Oklahoma County.
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Oklahoma voters will be able to look up their registration record, polling location and sample ballots with a new online voter tool being launched by the State Election Board.

Oklahoma State Election Board Secretary Paul Ziriax says the new online tool will give residents "unprecedented online access to their voter information."

Polling locations already had been available on the site, but new enhancements include allowing voters to view sample ballots, track absentee ballots and confirm their voter registration.

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Recent court decisions in Wisconsin and Arkansas regarding voter ID laws have given heart to a Tulsa woman who is challenging Oklahoma's voter ID law.

University of Tulsa law professor Jim Thomas represents Tulsan Delilah Christine Gentges in a case now before an Oklahoma County District Court. The Tulsa World reports that the lawsuit has followed a winding trail that has taken it from Tulsa County District Court to the Oklahoma Supreme Court and now to Oklahoma County.

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Candidates will continue to file for state and local races at the Capitol on Thursday after a record-breaking first day.

Thursday will be the second of three days potential candidates can file for candidacy at the Oklahoma State Capitol. On Wednesday, 419 people filed, breaking the previous record for first-day filings from 2006.

More than 300 elected positions are up for grabs in November, including both of Oklahoma's U.S. Senate seats, all five congressional seats, and statewide offices, including governor and lieutenant governor.

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Elected officials, including state legislators, would have to pass a test indicating their basic knowledge of the office they hold under a plan being proposed by a state lawmaker.

Claremore Republican Rep. Marty Quinn is hosting an interim study Thursday to discuss his idea of improving training requirements for elected county officials, including testing requirements.

Voters line up in Tulsa for early voting - October 31, 2008.
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The days for early voting are changing in Oklahoma, thanks to a new state law.

Beginning this week, voters can cast in-person absentee ballots at their county election board offices on Thursday and Friday before an election.

Early voting on Saturdays will be held from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., but only for state and federal elections. Because next week's election is a special election, not state or federal, there will be no early voting on Saturday.

Previously, early voting days were Friday, Saturday and Monday. The new state law took effect last week.