May 19, 2022

Deadline to change political party membership approaches | News

Oklahomans who want to change their party affiliation must submit their change by March 31, 2022, Osage County Board of Elections Secretary Kelly Chouteau said today. 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.

Chouteau reminds voters that no party switching is allowed between April 1 and August 31 in an even year.

“If we receive your request after March 31, 2022, we are required by law to hold that request and process it in September,” Chouteau said.

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

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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.

All registered voters, regardless of political affiliation, can vote for any candidate in a general election.

Voter registration applications can be downloaded from the State Election Board website at oklahoma.gov/elections. Nominations are also available from the Osage County Board of Elections located at 630 Kihekah Avenue, Pawhuska. Office hours are 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., Monday through Friday. For questions, contact the County Elections Committee at (918) 287-3036 or [email protected]

Osage County Board of Elections

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630 Kihekah Avenue, Pawhuska

Postal address: PO Box 929, Pawhuska, OK 74056

Regular office hours: 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.