Osage Election Board offers details on presidential primaries

Osage County Election Board

Oklahoma’s Presidential Preferential Primary election is scheduled for March 3, 2020. Here is what you need to know:

Eligible voters may cast only one ballot for the Presidential Preferential Primary (PPP).

Voters must be a registered member of the party for which they intend to cast a ballot. (For example, Republicans may vote in the Republican PPP. Democrats may vote in the Democratic PPP.)

Independents are allowed to vote in the Democratic PPP only. The Democratic Party is the only recognized party in Oklahoma that currently allows Independents to vote in its primaries. Independents are defined as voters registered without a party affiliation.

The purpose of the Presidential Preferential Primary (PPP) is to allow all recognized parties in Oklahoma to send delegates to their party’s national convention. The delegates are responsible for casting votes for the candidates they are assigned to, which represent the popular vote.

Each party is responsible for choosing the presidential candidate that will be on the ticket in November.

If you are currently registered to vote, you do not need to register again for the Presidential Preferential Primary election.

If you are not registered to vote, you can download an application at: elections.ok.gov or contact the Osage County Election Board at (918) 287-3036 or OsageCounty@elections.ok.gov. The County Election Board is located at 630 Kihekah Ave, Pawhuska, Oklahoma. Office hours are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday.

The last day to register for the Presidential Preferential Primary is this Friday, Feb. 7, 2020.

Registered voters may verify their registration and political affiliation using the State Election Board’s OK Voter Portal at: elections.ok.gov/OVP. The Election Board reminds voters that no party changes are allowed from April 1 through August 31 of even-numbered years.

VOTER REGISTRATION DEADLINE IS FEB. 7, 2020

Friday, Feb. 7, 2020, is the last day to apply for voter registration in order to be eligible to vote in the March 3, 2020, Presidential Preferential Primary Election, Osage County Election Board Secretary Kelly Chouteau said.

Chouteau said that persons who are United States citizens, residents of Oklahoma, and at least 18 years old may apply to become registered voters.

Persons who have never been registered to vote before or who are not currently registered in the county of their residence and persons who are registered but who need to change their registration information may apply by filling out and mailing an Oklahoma Voter Registration Application form in time for it to be postmarked no later than midnight Friday, Feb. 7, 2020.

Chouteau explained that applications postmarked after that time will still be accepted and processed; however, the applications will not be approved until after March 3, 2020.

The County Election Board responds in writing to every person who submits an application for voter registration. The response is either a voter identification card listing the new voter’s precinct number and polling place location or a letter that explains the reason or reasons the application for voter registration was not approved. Chouteau said that any person who has submitted a voter registration application and who has not received a response within 30 days should contact the County Election Board office at (918) 287-3036 or email OsageCounty@elections.ok.gov.

Oklahoma Voter Registration Application forms are available at the County Election Board office located at 630 Kihekah Ave, Pawhuska, and at most post offices, tag agencies, and public libraries in the county. Chouteau said that applications also are available at our website www.osage.okcounties.org or the state website www.elections.ok.gov, and voters can check their registration status at www.ok.gov/elections/Voter_Info/Online_Voter_Tool/.