Polls open for Oklahoma's primary election

By: From Staff & Wire Reports
By: From Staff & Wire Reports

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - Polls are open for Oklahoma voters to cast ballots in this year's primary election.

The contest for Oklahoma's only open seat in the U.S. House of Representatives is drawing the most attention. Republicans hope to take over the seat held by Democratic Congressman Dan Boren, who is retiring.

Six Republicans and three Democrats are running for their parties' nominations in the 2nd Congressional District.

Elsewhere in the state, incumbents John Sullivan, Frank Lucas and Tom Cole all face primary challengers from fellow Republicans. There is no primary in the 5th District that includes Oklahoma City.

The only statewide election on the ballot is a Republican primary for a six-year term on the Oklahoma Corporation Commission.

Polls are open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday.

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STATE ELECTION BOARD OFFERS TIPS, REMINDERS FOR VOTERS

With Oklahoma's June 26 Primary Election just days away, the State Election Board offers these tips and reminders to voters before they head to the polls.

BE PREPARED
Study the candidates and issues before going to the polls. Get a sample ballot at your County Election Board.

CLOSED PRIMARY
Oklahoma has closed primaries. Only registered Republicans may vote in the Republican Primary and only registered Democrats may vote in the Democratic Primary. Registered Independents cannot vote in the party Primaries, but can vote in non-partisan local elections on the ballot at their precinct. Find out what (if anything) is on the ballot in your precinct by contacting your County Election Board.

BRING YOUR ID
Oklahoma law requires every voter who votes in person at the precinct polling place or during early voting at the County Election Board to show proof of identity before receiving a ballot. There are three ways for voters to prove their identity under the law:
1. Show a valid, government-issued photo identification;
2. Show the free voter identification card issued to every voter by their County Election Board; or
3. Sign an affidavit and vote a provisional ballot. (If the information on your affidavit matches your voter registration records, your ballot will be counted after Election Day.)

For more information about Oklahoma's proof of identity law, visit http://elections.ok.gov.

KNOW YOUR POLLING PLACE
Thousands of voters were assigned to new polling places in 2011 following legislative and congressional redistricting. You can find your polling place location (and print a map!) using the Polling Place Locator on the State Election Board's website: http://elections.ok.gov. Or, call your County Election Board.

ELECTION DAY VOTING
Polls are open from 7 AM to 7 PM on Election Day. Lines at the polls are longest before work, during the lunch hour, and after work. Voters can save time by voting during "off-peak" hours - usually from 9 AM - 11 AM and 1:30 PM - 4 PM.

BRING NOTES
Voting will go faster if you make notes about how you plan to vote - and take those notes with you to the polls. (Remember: you can only use these notes yourself. It is against the law to share your notes with other voters.)

ENOUGH TIME
Give yourself plenty of time to vote on Election Day, and plan for long lines if voter turnout is heavy - especially in heavily populated areas and during peak voting hours before work, during the lunch hour, and after work.

ENJOY YOURSELF
Voting is both a right and a civic responsibility. Take joy in knowing that, by voting, you are making your voice heard in our representative Republic.

For more information about elections in Oklahoma, visit the State Election Board website: http://elections.ok.gov.


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