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Oklahoma primary voter registration deadline nears

Oklahoma voters who want to vote in the July primaries must be registered to vote by Friday.

BY JULIE BISBEE Published: June 30, 2010
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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.


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Important election dates


• 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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