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State Election Board urges voters to respond to address confirmation notice

Ponca City Now - May 3, 2019 10:50 am

OKLAHOMA CITY – More than 181,000 registered voters in Oklahoma will receive an official Address
Confirmation Notice from the State Election Board over the next two months. The notices are required by state law.

State Election Board Secretary Paul Ziriax encourages any voter who receives an Address Confirmation Notice to  respond quickly.

“A voter who receives an Address Confirmation Notice should confirm their address as soon as possible,” Ziriax said. “Voters who do not confirm their address will be designated as ‘inactive’ and risk removal from the voter rolls after the 2022 General Election, if no voter activity occurs before then.”

Not every voter will receive an Address Confirmation Notice.

A 25-year-old state law requires the Election Board to send Address Confirmation Notices for one of seven different reasons. These include:

  • Voters with a potential duplicate registration in another county or state,
  • Voters who surrendered their Oklahoma driver license in another state,
  • Voters who had a first-class mailing from the Election Board returned as “undeliverable,” or
  • Voters who have had no voter activity since the 2016 General Election.

A voter has 60 days to respond to an Address Confirmation Notice by either returning the address confirmation card to the State Election Board or confirming their address using the Online Voter Tool on the State Election Board website at: http://elections.ok.gov.

If an Address Confirmation Notice is returned as “undeliverable,” or if a voter doesn’t respond within 60 days, the voter’s status is required to be changed to “inactive.” An “inactive” voter is still a registered voter and can vote. However, if no voting activity occurs during the next two General Election cycles, those “inactive” voters are required by law to be removed from the voter rolls following the 2022 General Election. “Inactive” voters can automatically change their status back to “active” simply by voting or making an update to their voter registration.

“As the State Election Board Secretary, I want every eligible person to be registered to vote and I want every registered voter to vote. However, I also have a legal responsibility to maintain clean voter rolls to protect against those who would attempt to harm our democracy by using outdated voter lists to tamper with our elections,” Ziriax said.

To learn more about the Address Confirmation Notice process or to confirm your address online, visit: Oklahoma Election Board

Voters can contact their County Election Board or the State Election Board if they have questions regarding their voter registration.

 

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