Military and overseas voters can use a new online ballot delivery system for the June 24 primary election, state Election Board Secretary Paul Ziriax announced Thursday.
Federal and state laws require ballots be made available electronically for military and overseas voters. Oklahoma has complied with the law by allowing those ballots to be sent via email.
The new Oklahoma Military and Overseas Ballots Online system streamlines the process by allowing voters to log in via a secure link to download their ballots instead of receiving them by email. Ballots can be marked before they are printed or filled out by hand. Completed ballots then can be returned by mail or fax.
“This is a great step forward in giving our military voters better, faster access to their ballots while maintaining ballot security,” Ziriax said in a news release. “I encourage everyone who is eligible for this program to give it a try.”
Oklahomans who are in one of the uniformed services or who live or work overseas and use the Federal Post Card Application to request absentee ballots are eligible to receive their absentee ballots through the new system.
The new system also allows overseas voters, including those who still receive their ballots by mail, to track whether their ballot has been received by their county election board.
Those who already signed up to have their ballots delivered electronically have been sent an email explaining the new system.
Eligible voters who have not signed up to receive ballots electronically can do so by filling out a Federal Post Card Application at www.FVAP.gov/oklahoma and submitting it to their county election board. The deadline to request an absentee ballot for the primary election is 5 p.m. June 18.
For more information about the Oklahoma Military and Overseas Ballots Online system, contact your county election board or go to http://elections.ok.gov.