Fri January 23, 2004
Oklahoma Feb. 3 Voting Details Released
Lawton, Ok. – Oklahomans who are registered as Democrats or Republicans can cast ballots in the Feb. 3 Presidential Preferential Primary.
Inperson absentee balloting takes place at county election board offices January 30 and February 2 from 8 am till 6 pm, and January 31 from 8 am till 1 pm. Polling places will be open February 3 from 7 am till 7 pm.
Absentee ballots need to be returned to county election board offices by 5 pm on January 28 to be counted in this election.
As of the middle of January, the Comanche County Election Board Secretary, Monica Stringer, said they had processed about 300 or so registration applications for new voters or current voters wanting to make changes, about the average for a major election. The last day to register to vote in this election was January 9.
Identification will be required for all first-time voters in a federal election which has been required by federal law since january 1, 2003.
According to State Election Board Secretary Michael Clingman, that identification can be a current photo identification, the voter identification card issued by the county election board where the voter registration was approved, a governement document showing the voter's name and address, or a copy of a utility bill, bank statement or paycheck showing the voter's name and address.
Clingman noted Oklahoma voters are not used to being asked for identification at the polls unless the precinct officials are not able to find their names in the precinct registry. He stressed all voters are being asked to take identifcation with them when they go to voter this year.