A new service launched this week will allow voters to update their address or party affiliation online, Oklahoma State Election Board Secretary Paul Ziriax said Monday.
The system went live Monday morning on the Oklahoma State Election Board’ website at www.elections.ok.gov.
Voters who are already registered to vote may use the service to change their residential or mailing address within their current county. They may also update their party affiliation. Address changes to a new county, name changes and new voter registrations will still require a completed paper form, which can be downloaded on the website.
Legislators have authorized online voter registration in the state, however the law requires the system be tied to the Oklahoma Department of Public Safety’s driver’s license database and includes certain technical requirements that cannot be met until the department’s computer system is upgraded. That computer system is currently being modernized, and officials are hopeful full online voter registration will be available sometime in 2020.
Election board officials worked with legislators last year to authorize the system as a first phase in online voter registration.
“We are pleased to announce the launch of phase one of Oklahoma’s online voter registration project, the Online Voter Registration Update service,” Ziriax said. “This new system provides a secure and convenient way for registered voters to update their address within the same county or change their party affiliation. Those wishing to make other changes to their voter registration or register to vote for the first time can do so by using a traditional voter registration application, which is available on the State Election Board website, county election board offices, tag agencies, and many other locations around Oklahoma.”
To update information, visit www.elections.ok.gov and click the link that says, “Update Voter Registration Information Online.”
Sally Maxwell, Senior News Director
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