By Darla Shelden
City Sentinel Reporter
First celebrated in 2012, National Voter Registration Day is held the fourth Tuesday each September to make sure everyone has the opportunity to vote.
State Election Board Secretary Paul Ziriax emphasizes that each Oklahoman plays an important role in promoting the effort.
“It’s our civic duty to vote and registering is the first step,” Ziriax said. “National Voter Registration Day is a great reminder that we all have a responsibility to register to vote in our representative democracy. If you’re already registered to vote, now is the perfect time to verify your registration information or confirm your polling place.”
According to the National Voter Registration website, 60 percent of voters are never asked to register. National Voter Registration Day seeks to raise awareness of voter registration opportunities to reach tens of thousands of people who are eligible to vote who may not register otherwise
Each year millions of Americans find they are unable to vote because they missed a registration deadline, don’t update their registration, or aren’t sure how to register.
On Tuesday September 24, volunteers and organizations from all over the country will work together in a single day of coordinated ﬁeld, technology and media efforts. Voter registration events are being held nationwide throughout the month of September.
Voter Registration Applications are available at your County Election Board or can be downloaded from the State Election Board website at: elections.ok.gov.
To register to vote in Oklahoma:
- You must be 18 years old on or before an election in which you are eligible to vote.
- You must be a citizen of the United States and a resident of the State of Oklahoma.
- You must affirm that you have not been convicted of a felony or if you have been convicted, you have fully served your sentence of court-mandated calendar days, including any term of incarceration, parole or supervision, or completed a period of probation ordered by any court.
- You must affirm that you are not under judgment as an incapacitated person.
The State Election Board says current voters are encouraged to take a minute on National Voter Registration Day to confirm their information is up-to-date using the Online Voter Tool.
Changes can be made online provided you have not moved to a new county, in which case you will need to complete a new Voter Registration Application.
“While applications can be accepted at any time, National Voter Registration Day is a great time to make sure you are ready for the next election,” Ziriax said.
For a list of locations hosting voter registration drives or other voter events in Oklahoma, visit elections.ok.gov.
For more information contact Misha Mohr, Public Information Officer, Oklahoma State Election Board at [email protected] or by phone at 405-522-6624.