Oklahoma voting issues

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Election and registration information

Voting machines

2008 election

For the 2008 election Oklahoma used the following voting machines. For a county-by-county list of the specific machines (and the source for this section) see Verified Voting's Verifier tool.

Main article: Voting machines

Direct-Recording Electronic (DRE) machines with a paper trail:

Optical scan machines:

Governmental election authorities

Contact information:

  • Room B-6, State Capitol Building
  • PO Box 53156
  • Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 73152
  • Telephone 405-521-2391
  • Fax 405-521-6457

Locate your County Election Board

Election threats

  • For an extensive log of voting machine problems, see the VotersUnite! report on election incidents.[1]

Felon voting rights

Quoting from an October, 2008 report[2] on "de facto disenfranchisement" (summary)(download PDF) co-published by the Brennan Center for Justice and the ACLU:

"In Oklahoma, individuals do not have their voting rights restored until they have fully completed prison and any term of parole or probation, and the time of their original sentence has expired. In other words, individuals may not vote until a period of time equal to the original time to which they were sentenced elapses. Interviews with Oklahoma’s county election officials in 2005 indicated that 17, or 22%, of Oklahoma counties responded with incorrect information when asked at what point people with felony convictions become eligible to vote. In 12 of the 17 counties, officials stated that individuals must wait twice the length of time of their original sentences before registering to vote, or spend the same time out of prison as they had served in prison before they could register."

"In response to a question about how people are removed from the voter rolls, an official in Oklahoma said that election officials “pretty well know” who has been in trouble with the law. In response to another question, the same official used the term “sambo,” a racist slur for African Americans."

See also "felon disenfranchisement" issue page

State and local non-governmental election organizations

League of Women Voters

LWV of Oklahoma, Barbara Wilson, President

  • 500 North Broadway Suite #125
  • Oklahoma City, OK 73102
  • Phone: 405-232-8683
  • Fax: 405-236-8683
  • E-mail: lwvok@lwvok.org
  • http://www.lwvok.org

Local Leagues:

Articles and resources

See also


  1. See the VotersUnite! Election Problem Log.
  2. Erika Wood and Rachel Bloom,De Facto Disenfranchisement, Brennan Center for Justice and American Civil Liberties Union, October 21, 2008.

External resources

Poll location

Election Protection hotlines

Voting information

Voting rights

Voting requirements

Election officials, election reform groups, and elected officials

Absentee voting

Disabled voters

Student voting rights

State ballot

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Voting machines

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