Friday is the deadline to register to vote in the July 27 primary. New residents or people who have never voted must fill out a voter registration form by Friday in order to vote in the Democratic or Republican primary. A voter must be 18 years old, a U.S. citizen and an Oklahoma resident. Voters in the party primary will have the opportunity to decide on candidates in several statewide races, including U.S. Senate, five congressional seats, governor, lieutenant governor, state auditor and inspector, attorney general, state schools superintendent and several legislative seats. Candidates who receive a majority of the votes will be on the ballot in the November election. If a candidate from a single party does not receive more than half of the votes, a runoff primary election will be held Aug. 24, according to the state Election Board. Voter registration forms can be downloaded from the state Election Board website at ok.gov/elections. The form should be sent to the state Election Board and postmarked by Friday, said Paul Ziriax, secretary of the state Election Board. Voters who submit their application by mail should include a copy of their driver's license or other photo identification. A utility bill or any other government document that shows an applicant's name and address also can be used for identification. If identification is not included, it must be shown at the polling place when a person votes in a federal election for the first time. Voter registration forms also can be filled out at county election boards, tag agencies, libraries, post offices, military recruiting offices and several other government offices. As of Tuesday, there were 2.05 million people registered to vote in Oklahoma. Figures from the state Election Board show that 48.7 percent of the state's voters are registered Democrats, while 40 percent are registered Republicans. About 11 percent of the state's registered voters are independents. Independent voters cannot participate in party primary elections. The elections this year are expected to cost the state about $3 million, Ziriax said. The cost of the party primary election is about $1.2 million. A runoff costs the state about $850,000 to $900,000 and the November general election costs about $1.1 million.Comments
• Friday is the last day to register to vote in the July 27 primary elections.
• July 21 is the last day to request an absentee ballot.
• Early voting begins July 23.
• A runoff election, if one candidate does not get more than half of all votes when there are more than two candidates running, is scheduled for Aug. 24. The last day to register to vote in the runoff is July 30.
• The general election will be Nov. 2.
• Oct. 8 is the last day to register to vote in the Nov. 2 election. Source: State Election Board
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