May 19, 2022

Deadline to change political party affiliation is March 31 | Local News

Oklahomans who wish to change their party affiliation must submit their change by March 31. Voters can change their party affiliation online by using the OK Voter portal at oklahoma.gov/elections/ovp or by completing a new voter registration application in person.

By law, no change of party is allowed between April 1 and August 31 in an even year. If a request is received after March 31, the request must be kept in the system and cannot be processed until September.

Oklahoma has three recognized parties: Democrat, Republican, and Libertarian.

In Oklahoma, voters must be registered with a party in order to vote in that party’s primary elections. Independents are allowed to participate in a primary election only if a party formally requests that its elections be open to independent voters.

Currently, only the Democratic Party allows Independents to vote in its primary elections. The date for the primary elections for this year is June 28 and the date for the second round of primary elections is August 23.

All registered voters, regardless of political affiliation, can vote for any candidate in the general election to be held on November 8.

Voter registration applications can be downloaded from the State Election Board website at oklahoma.gov/elections. Nominations are also available at the Pontotoc County Board of Elections located at 131 W 13 St, Ada. Office hours are 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., Monday through Friday.

For questions, contact the County Election Board at 580-332-4534 or [email protected]