VOTER ASSISTANCE IN OKLAHOMA
Some voters need assistance to exercise their right to vote. The precinct officials at your polling place are trained to offer assistance to voters who need it. Voter assistance is available for
· Voters who are physically
disabled and unable to mark their own ballots.
Choosing Your Assistant
If you need assistance to vote, you may choose anyone you
want to help you, as long as the person is not your employer or an agent of your
employer or an agent of your union. You may be assisted by a relative, a friend,
or by one of the precinct officials at your polling place.
Polling Place Accessibility
Oklahoma election officials are working to locate all polling places in buildings that are handicapped accessible.
Some physically disabled voters still may be unable to enter their polling places. If a physically disabled voter is unable to enter the polling place, two precinct officials will help the voter to vote outside the polling place. This procedure is sometimes called "curbside voting." Call your local county election board for more information.
Absentee voting is also a choice for physically disabled and elderly voters. Any registered voter may vote by absentee ballot. You don't have to give a reason for voting by absentee ballot.
However, voters who are physically incapacitated may give that as a reason for voting by absentee ballot. This al lows them to take advantage of some special conditions in the law that may make absentee voting easier.
Contact your local county election board or the State Election Board for more information about voting by absentee ballot.
Other Assistance for Voters
A person who needs help to fill out the Oklahoma Voter Registration Application form may ask someone to help. The helper must write his or her name and address in the space provided on the application form. If a person wants to apply for voter registration but is unable to sign the form or even to make a mark on the form, contact your local county election board or the State Election Board for more information.
The State Election Board has installed a telephone line
dedicated for use with a TDD. The TDD number is (405) 521-3028. Voters who are
deaf or hearing impaired are encouraged to call the State Election Board for
For additional information about voting in Oklahoma, contact your local Creek County Election Board, or write or call the State Election Board.
Persons using a telecommunications device for the deaf (TDD) may call the State Election Board's TDD: (405) 521-3028. This number is reserved for TDD calls only.
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