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  •  As red as OK is, we do have (0+ / 0-)

    one good thing that I think other states should emulate - our voting process. It's simple, practically fool-proof, comparatively inexpensive.  

    Since I have a daughter who works for the state election board, I know the process from all three sides, as a voter, with a view to the behind-the-scenes work, and as an observer to the voting process during the election (how the poll workers handle problems during the election, since my office is a polling place).

    It just sickens me that anyone - especially an elected employee - would try to limit the most essential right we have in America - the right to have a say in our government through our vote.

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    by Noddy on Wed Jan 09, 2013 at 07:53:39 AM PST

    •  Could you enlighten us? (0+ / 0-)

      I know how it works here in California, but am not familiar with a lot of the other states' quirks, and most of them only through press coverage.

      I am not religious, and did NOT say I enjoyed sects.

      by trumpeter on Wed Jan 09, 2013 at 09:59:26 AM PST

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      •  In OK, to get a voter ID card (1+ / 0-)
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        we fill out an application that is widely available - libraries, tag agencies, post offices (the mail carrier will bring one to you if you ask), political rallies, and other public events.  You sign, date and swear you are eligible to vote. You can also download the voter registration form.

        Some places will mail it in for you, but if not, all it costs is a postage stamp.

        Once the State Election Board receives your application, they verify that you are indeed a citizen.  If there's a question, they mail you a query, which you can reply to by mail or go to the nearest tag agency, post office, or library to give a reply.  Tag agents, postal workers, and librarians will all help you.

        Once you've been verified as a citizen, you will be sent a Voter ID card with the address of your polling place.  The onus of verifying your citizenship is on the State. If you lie on your application, you may find yourself arrested for attempting to commit voter fraud, which has a very stiff penalty.

        The first time you vote, you need some proof of who you are, and they will accept a wide variety of ID.  The Voter ID card received in the mail is a valid ID, even though it does not have a photo or an expiration date. If you forget your Voter ID card, you can present a photo ID, and if that photo ID was issued by the State of Oklahoma, The United States of America (military ID), or an Oklahoma Tribe, it does not have to have an expiration date.

        If they do not have a photo ID, they can fill out a provisional ballot, the ballot is sealed inside a special envelope and the State Election Board employees investigate the information provided by the voter, and if it is verified, the ballot is approved and the vote counted.

        You can also choose to mail in your vote.  

        The State Election Board then verifies each vote. County and city elections are supervised by the State Election Board, as well as state and national elections.

        All of our elections are standardized throughout the state.  No matter which city, county, or precinct you are in, it is the same statewide.  Same machines, same process, same type of ballots.  You don't have to relearn how to vote every time you move.

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        by Noddy on Wed Jan 09, 2013 at 01:49:07 PM PST

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