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Need an absentee ballot? Better apply by 5 p.m. Tuesday

Posted at 9:44 AM, Jun 23, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-23 20:07:25-04

TULSA, Okla. — Registered voters in Oklahoma have until Tuesday at 5 p.m. to request an absentee ballot.

The secretary of the Tulsa County Election Board, Gwen Freeman, said they received four times more absentee requests this year compared to the primary elections four years ago.

Voters can request an absentee ballot a couple of ways:

Because of COVID 19 this year, voters won't need their signature notarized.

"When you send in your ballots after having filled them out, you’ll want to include either a copy of valid ID that would be a photo ID or your election card," explained Freeman.

Voters planning on voting in person should know officials expect longer lines at the polls this year due to the pandemic and new poll workers. They will be taking the place of older poll workers who are more vulnerable to the coronavirus.

"It’s kind of a crazy election, so try to be patient with them, and you might even say thank you on your way out the door,” says Freeman.

While they do have new workers stepping up to the plate, the county election board is still in need of more to fill polling locations.

"If you’re interested in that, we would sure love to hear from you. There’s still time to get trained. You do get paid for your day at the polls,” said Freeman.

For more information on how to become a poll worker, you can call the Tulsa County Election Board at 918-596-5000 or visit its website.

Early in-person voting will take place this Thursday, Friday and Saturday across all 77 counties.

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